Red Bull may have locked out the front row of the grid but their advantage is measured in hundredths of a second instead of tenths. Their performance advantage on race day has seldom if ever been as great as it is in qualifying, so Ferrari and McLaren have to consider this a race they can … Continue reading Red Bull have front row but no easy path to victory (Korean GP pre-race analysis)
The second day of action at the Korean International Circuit saw a closely-fought battle for pole position. Several drivers also participated in a ceremony marking the opening of the new track by having casts of their hand prints taken. See below for more pictures from Saturday in Korea.
Felipe Massa blamed traffic after missing out on fifth place on the grid in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Meanwhile the Red Bull duo had a near-perfect end to the session, lapping within a tenth of a second of each other and setting their fastest times in all three sectors on their last laps.
An unhappy Rubens Barrichello said he was lucky to make it into Q3 after being held up by Michael Schumacher in the second part of qualifying: I don’t want it to become personal. We’ve had some problems in the past and we’re having problems in some situations such as Hungary. I’m a down-to-earth guy, I’m … Continue reading Schumacher reprimanded for block
Fernando Alonso said he though third on the grid was the best he could achieve in the Ferrari today: For us it was nice qualifying, nice and smooth. In Q1 we were a little bit quicker than we thought, we found the pace straight away with the prime tyre. There remained the doubt about the … Continue reading Alonso: finishing is “first priority”
Mark Webber said he would have preferred to get pole position in Korea but isn’t disappointed to be starting from second on the grid: I wasn’t that happy on the first timed laps, I was more comfortable and more stable, for me, to do two timed [runs]. It worked out OK, obviously it was very, … Continue reading Webber: qualifying “close to perfect”
Sebastian Vettel said he drove the second sector of his qualifying lap too conservatively but responded in the third sector to claim his ninth pole position of 2010: Again, it was very close. I had two runs again in Q3, the first one I was already happy with the car but couldn’t really put the … Continue reading Last sector crucial for pole – Vettel
The circuit may be brand new but there’s nothing new about the front row of the grid: Sebastian Vettel leads another all-Red Bull front row. The pair beat Fernando Alonso’s time in the dying moments of Q3 to grab the front row of the grid for the first Korean Grand Prix.
Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’35.585Red Bull-Renault 2. Mark Webber 1’35.659Red Bull-Renault Row 2 3. Fernando Alonso 1’35.766Ferrari 4. Lewis Hamilton 1’36.062McLaren-Mercedes Row 3 5. Nico Rosberg 1’36.535Mercedes 6. Felipe Massa 1’36.571Ferrari Row 4 7. Jenson Button 1’36.731McLaren-Mercedes 8. Robert Kubica 1’36.824Renault Row 5 9. Michael Schumacher 1’36.950Mercedes 10. Rubens Barrichello 1’36.998Williams-Cosworth Row 6 11. … Continue reading 2010 Korean Grand Prix grid
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