Hamilton fastest in first practice in Korea

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Korea, 2010

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the first practice session for the Korean Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver waited until the final minutes of practice to do his first timed laps of the track after a problem with his rear wing meant it had to be changed.

Robert Kubica went second fastest with his final lap of the session, less than a tenth of a second slower than Hamilton.

Lap times improved rapidly during the course of the session as the driver explored the Korean International Circuit for the first time.

The slippery track caught out several drivers including the Ferrari pair, Jenson Button, Kamui Kobayashi and Sakon Yamamoto.

Bruno Senna’s session came to an early end after apparent suspension failure caused a high-speed spin at turn seven.

The ever-improving track surface meant the top times went to the drivers who lapped at the very end of the session including Nico Rosberg, third, Sebastian Vettel and Button.

Championship leader Mark Webber, who did a lot of laps at the beginning of the session, was seventh behind Michael Schumacher.

The Williams pair topped the times earlier on the session and ended it inside the top ten.

Jarno Trulli stopped 20 minutes before the end of the session with a gearbox fault.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.887 15
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’40.968 0.081 18
3 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.152 0.265 21
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.371 0.484 18
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.940 1.053 16
6 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.022 1.135 25
7 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’42.202 1.315 23
8 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.293 1.406 18
9 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’42.678 1.791 21
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’42.883 1.996 23
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’42.896 2.009 22
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’43.054 2.167 25
13 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’43.309 2.422 20
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’43.602 2.715 18
15 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’43.928 3.041 21
16 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’43.940 3.053 23
17 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’44.887 4.000 21
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’45.141 4.254 26
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’45.588 4.701 20
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’46.613 5.726 17
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’47.115 6.228 22
22 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’50.347 9.460 29
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’50.821 9.934 15
24 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’51.701 10.814 11

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28 comments on Hamilton fastest in first practice in Korea

  1. With Kubica second!

    I know that FP1, especially in a new track, doesn’t mean too much

    But will we see a repeat of Suzuka? I certainly hope so

  2. Dave Blanc said on 22nd October 2010, 3:43

    For me the 2 best drivers on the grid are 1 and 2 in first practice. New track is always a good sign of how talented a driver is. Button 1 second behind Hamilton says it all.

    • My love of Hamilton and Kubica knows no end, but it’s only first practice, this isn’t telling. Last practice and qualifying is where things start to fall into order.

    • Gwenouille said on 22nd October 2010, 7:56

      So Alonso .8 of a sec behind Massa says it all ? Rubbish

  3. Joe Szpara said on 22nd October 2010, 3:43

    dont be silly. You know what he means Stretch. I hope Kubica can fight for a podium this race!.

  4. Johnny86 said on 22nd October 2010, 3:47

    Interestingly Lewis and Robert were the last two to post laptimes. Hence they had the freshest rubber. The ferraris and webber did lots of laps. Ferraris complained about tyre graining. Could be interesting. And force india tweeted that track is bumpy. Thats bad news for mclaren. But the good news is the new rear wing seems to be working

  5. DeadManWoking said on 22nd October 2010, 3:49

    1’40.887 at the end of FP1! So much for the computed projections of 1’44s, it could be down into the low 1’30s for Pole tomorrow.

  6. I’m reading in the autosport forums that the Red Bulls ran intermediates on their last run. :s

    • Daniel said on 22nd October 2010, 4:20

      Well, I guess if you are certain it’s not going to rain, and you know the grip at the beginning will be nothing like later on, then that’s a good way to learn the track without using up tyres you might want later.

    • plushpile (@plushpile) said on 22nd October 2010, 4:21

      the dirt on the tyres certainly looked like an inter pattern.

  7. Sammy said on 22nd October 2010, 3:59

    I think Lewis is on a mission

  8. Hare (@hare) said on 22nd October 2010, 4:25

    Have to say, at first impressions, I LOVE this Korean circuit layout. It’s got so much more character than many of the new circuits.

    From it’s fast flowing concrete walled final sector, to it’s sudden change of elevation at the end of the start/finish straight. Even a long testing corner where small errors can become big losses, this is a track with challenge and an edge that ventures to find the hairline fracture between the top drivers and crack it open.

    The long straights, and the twisty corners play to favour different setups, different teams. This is not an easy course, it promises to deliver something special we’ve not seen for sometime. It’s an authentic challenge. Seems to me, Tilke has listened to the voice of the fans and used Korea’s money wisely.

    India and Austin also look promising. Is this the beginning of a new era of venturesome tracks? I really hope so. For now though this weekend is looking good!

    • Sammy said on 22nd October 2010, 4:38

      You’re right, I actually love it, it looks like a classic circuit….Like somebody used to say “The best tracks are ones that make driver’s feel like they’re traveling somewhere” And this track certainly has that

  9. kubica, rosberg and massa can really make those 5 championship contenders so f**ked up if they can get within top 5 during qualli tomorrow

  10. DaveW said on 22nd October 2010, 4:32

    Check out the speed trap between Hamilton and the RedBulls. 11kph is pretty serious.

  11. did they just sent track sweepers out to clean the track?
    is that allow by the rules? to sweep clean the track surface

  12. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2010, 5:58

    Yes, no Ferraris! Dear Gods of Racing: please keep this constant all weekend. Love, Jason.

  13. Mclaren are showing some good pace this weekend not sure about the fuel load I thought that Red Bull will be the fastest.

  14. Calum said on 22nd October 2010, 8:40

    Hopefully a similarly titled article will be getting posted on Sunday:

    Hamilton winner in first Korean gP

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