Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2012

Vettel on top by half a second in Korea

2012 Korean Grand Prix third practice resultPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2012Sebastian Vettel was emphatically fastest in final practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver ended the session over half a second ahead of the next-fastest car.

He and team mate Mark Webber took to the track earlier than their rivals and were immediately quick. Webber beat the best super-soft tyre time from Friday using soft tyres, lapping in 1’38.766.

McLaren and Ferrari didn’t send their cars out until the session was almost half-done. Fernando Alonso got within three-tenths of Webber.

McLaren showed better pace at this stage, Lewis Hamilton going quickest with a 1’38.464. But when Vettel returned to the circuit he quickly moved the benchmark further, lapping in 1’38.215.

Vettel increased his margin when the teams did their super-soft tyre runs. He set two laps quicker than anyone else could manage. His final effort of 1’37.642 was over half a second quicker than Hamilton’s best time on the softer rubber, and eight-tenths ahead of Jenson Button.

Webber was unable to set a time in the dying minutes as a technical problem kept him back in the pits.

The two Lotus drivers made gains on the super-soft tyres and completed the top five. Kimi Raikkonen, the only one running the team’s new Coanda exhaust, was slightly slower than Romain Grosjean.

Fernando Alonso was sixth for Ferrari, over a second off Vettel’s pace, with Felipe Massa eighth behind Webber. Pastor Maldonado and Nico Hulkenberg also made it into the top ten.

Traffic proved a problem again and as in the second practice session it was the HRTs bearing the brunt of the problems, Narain Karthikeyan complaining after being held up by Sergio Perez.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.642 17
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.199 0.557 12
3 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.511 0.869 13
4 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.582 0.940 16
5 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’38.666 1.024 18
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.705 1.063 12
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.766 1.124 7
8 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’38.791 1.149 13
9 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’38.833 1.191 16
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’38.932 1.290 17
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.954 1.312 17
12 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.010 1.368 20
13 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’39.150 1.508 18
14 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.156 1.514 18
15 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.345 1.703 14
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.448 1.806 17
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.537 1.895 18
18 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’39.706 2.064 18
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’41.114 3.472 14
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’41.437 3.795 19
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.684 4.042 16
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.062 4.420 15
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’42.845 5.203 15
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’42.882 5.240 14

Combined practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Fri/Sat diff Total laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’40.088 1’38.832 1’37.642 -1.19 71
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.148 1’39.717 1’38.199 -0.949 60
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.480 1’39.219 1’38.511 -0.708 63
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’40.422 1’39.957 1’38.582 -1.375 66
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’40.929 1’39.839 1’38.666 -1.173 58
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.450 1’39.160 1’38.705 -0.455 61
7 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.575 1’38.864 1’38.766 -0.098 61
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.854 1’39.422 1’38.791 -0.631 66
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’41.048 1’41.200 1’38.833 -2.215 74
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.739 1’38.932 -0.807 50
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.514 1’40.745 1’38.954 -1.791 48
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.396 1’39.584 1’39.010 -0.574 80
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’40.221 1’39.330 1’39.150 -0.18 70
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.440 1’40.112 1’39.156 -0.956 71
15 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.220 1’40.445 1’39.345 -1.1 61
16 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.021 1’40.789 1’39.448 -1.341 73
17 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.596 1’40.997 1’39.537 -1.46 73
18 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’40.089 1’39.706 -0.383 50
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’43.067 1’41.114 -1.953 36
20 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1’41.140 21
21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’42.104 1’41.602 1’41.437 -0.165 66
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.708 1’43.066 1’41.684 -1.024 59
23 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’42.027 23
24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.175 1’42.596 1’42.062 -0.113 56
25 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’42.820 19
26 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.869 1’42.845 -1.024 51
27 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’44.517 1’44.533 1’42.882 -1.635 61
28 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1’45.735 22

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