Korea Practice 3: Vettel and Red Bull regain upper hand

Sebastian Vettel fastest in FP3

Sebastian Vettel fastest in FP3

After Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton set the pace in both Friday sessions, Red Bull Racing took over at the top of the timesheets in final practice, with Sebastian Vettel quickest and Mark Webber taking P2.

In the final qualifying-style runs at the end of the one-hour session Webber initially set the pace, slicing eight tenths of a second off his Medium tyre best with a lap of 1:38.132 on the Supersoft tyre. He then shaved a little more off that to set a benchmark of 1:38.018.

Vettel wouldn’t be denied, however, and looking strong on the option tyre, went just over a tenth quicker to record the first sub 1 minute 38 second lap with a time of 1:37.881.

Nico Rosberg was third fastest in FP3

Nico Rosberg was third fastest in FP3

Neither Mercedes driver had an answer to that. Nico Rosberg took third place, four tenths down on Vettel’s time and Hamilton slotted into fourth 0.014 of a second behind his team-mate. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fifth, six tenths down on title rival Vettel.

Romain Grosjean was sixth for Lotus ahead of Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari, who looked more comfortable on the Supersoft tyre than the Medium. Eighth place was take by Kimi Raikkonen in the second Lotus, with Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg ninth and Jenson Button tenth for McLaren.

In the first Medium-tyre phase of the session, it was Hamilton who was quickest. Webber and Vettel set the pace for the bulk of the opening 45 minutes, with the pair swapping fastest laps, but as the field began gradually began to make its way back to the garage to consider the switch to Supersofts, Hamilton popped up with a time of 1:38.860, just under a tenth quicker than Webber. (F1 Media)

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Fernando Alonso fifth fastest in FP3

Fernando Alonso fifth fastest in FP3

Korean Grand Prix, Free Practice 3 – Saturday, 5 October 2013

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.881 17
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.018 0.137 17
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.318 0.437 16
4 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.332 0.451 15
5 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.486 0.605 13
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:38.701 0.820 19
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.816 0.935 14
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:38.857 0.976 17
9 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.961 1.080 16
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.114 1.233 14
11 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.128 1.247 15
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.196 1.315 16
13 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:39.204 1.323 17
14 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.274 1.393 15
15 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.327 1.446 17
16 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.371 1.490 19
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.665 1.784 15
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:40.128 2.247 17
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:41.360 3.479 19
20 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:41.614 3.733 20
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.646 3.765 14
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.267 4.386 17