Hamilton fastest in first practice in Korea

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

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???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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