Webber heads second practice in Korea

Mark Webber, Red Bull, Korea, 2010

Mark Webber lapped quickest in the second practice session at Korea. The Red Bull drivers was the only person to set a sub-98 second lap time.

Four different cars occupied the top four places with Fernando Alonso second fastest in front of Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica.

The second session came to an early halt after Sakon Yamamoto lost control of his HRT at turn 16. He spun, breaking his front wing against the barrier.

Although he was able to turn his car the right way around he wasn’t able to get moving again and the session was stopped while the marshals recovered his car.

Hamilton led the running early on but Webber always seemed to have an answer for the McLaren driver’s pace. Alonso took over the top of the times halfway through the session before being demoted by Webber with a quarter of an hour to go.

Sebastian Vettel seemed to have a much less successful session in his Red Bull, unable to match Webber’s pace on hard tyres even when using softs.

He ended the session seventh fastest behind Felipe Massa, who complaiend on the radio that his Ferrari was “undrivable” in the final sector of the lap.

The slippery track continued to catch drivers out and many spun off during the session. Webber pirouetted at turn 12 shortly before setting his fastest time.

Vitantonio Liuzzi pulled up shortly before the chequered flag came out. Meanwhile Bruno Senna only appeared in the final minutes of the session after his mechanics had repaired the broken suspension that ended his participation in the first session. He only had enough time to do a single timed lap.

Jenson Button also experienced car trouble, his mechanics squirting fire extinguisher foam on his car after a problem with his exhaust. He returned to the track late on in the session.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.942 23
2 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.132 0.190 30
3 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.279 0.337 29
4 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’38.718 0.776 29
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.726 0.784 19
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.820 0.878 32
7 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.204 1.262 22
8 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’39.267 1.325 28
9 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.268 1.326 29
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.564 1.622 26
11 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.588 1.646 25
12 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.598 1.656 26
13 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’39.812 1.870 35
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’39.881 1.939 27
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’39.971 2.029 22
16 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’40.478 2.536 30
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.578 2.636 29
18 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.896 2.954 32
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’42.773 4.831 29
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’42.801 4.859 19
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’43.115 5.173 26
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’44.039 6.097 29
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’45.166 7.224 19
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’46.649 8.707 3

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44 comments on Webber heads second practice in Korea

  1. Robbie said on 22nd October 2010, 7:37

    Definitely haven’t seen the best of Vettel yet, plus I don’t think qualifying will mean much in the race, what with that massive deficit in the first sector for the high powered cars like McLaren and Mercedes.

  2. Wobblebottom said on 22nd October 2010, 7:39

    I really is still anybody’s game!!

    Still think it’s pretty much gonna be a Red Bull v McLaren race. Or to be more specific: Webber v Vettel v Hamilton. Alonso might throw a surprise but I’m not hugely confident of Ferrari’s pace. Button will probably trail the pack unscathed…..and Massa……well wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t make the top 6!!!

  3. Anagh said on 22nd October 2010, 7:39

    was webber on option tyres?

  4. Most of the top guys were running options in the last 10-15 minutes.

    Good on Webber, but I think qualifying times will easily be another half a second less, potentially even high 1.36s.

  5. Todfod (@todfod) said on 22nd October 2010, 7:54

    This saturday, I think we are going to have our best quali session yet. Three different teams occupying the top 3 spots.

  6. huge number of drivers went off the track, this may prove more fateful than faster lap times.
    Seems it’s part of this track, I start to like it, generally.

  7. Melchior (@melchior) said on 22nd October 2010, 8:05

    Looking like Vettel will be getting Webber’s set up data again;)

  8. The track looked good but I have a great concern about the pit-lane entry as anyone coming in will be driving at a reducing pace & the guy who will be lapping faster will be blinded in the last corner, could be a very interesting qualifying & race this weekend.

    • nah i dont believe there will be any problems with cars coming into that pit lane i watch them scream in there no problems.

      i still think we are going to have an excellent race, and im even more happy about this track now that ive seen the cars go around it,
      it has something for everyone.

  9. flatbeat said on 22nd October 2010, 8:16


  10. Felipe Massa is the best driver out there..
    He is driving an UNDRIVABLE car and that too sixth fastest. What a man….:)

  11. JohnBt said on 22nd October 2010, 8:26

    Most important is all is well at the Korean track. All negative speculations can be thrashed.


  12. Darren said on 22nd October 2010, 8:29

    I read Kubica thinks the title will between Webber and Alonso, going by times so far he might be on the money. Webber has shown maturity of late while Alonso is always dangerous, especially at starting. Can’t wait for Sunday!

  13. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 22nd October 2010, 8:42

    Seems Vettel had a puncture early in second practice which is why he swapped his hard tyres for softs quite early.

  14. McLarenFanJamm said on 22nd October 2010, 8:46

    “Hamilton led the running early on but Webber always seemed to have an answer for the McLaren driver’s pace.”

    Not sure this is completely true. Webber was completing his laps 2 or 3 laps later than Hamilton and the track was improving rapidly throughout the entire session. Webbers fastest time was set after Hamilton had already pitted to switch to heavier fuel runs.

  15. mario said on 22nd October 2010, 9:06

    Renault looks really strong. Especialy on the straights. Kubica had chance for a faster( 0,5 sec) lap but troubles on the last corner did not let him improve the time. The wall was so close. Think that rally experiences( last weekend- 3rd place in Rallye d’Azur) helped him exit safly from this dangerous situation.

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