Hamilton stays ahead in Korea

2013 Korean Grand Prix second practice

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Korea International Circuit, 2013Lewis Hamilton improved his quickest time from first practice by almost a second and remained the driver to beat in Korea.

The Mercedes and Red Bull drivers were closely matched, all four drivers separated by less than two tenths of a second after their runs on the super-soft tyres.

Sebastian Vettel was the last driver to do a lap on the softer rubber but fell short of beating Hamilton by a tenth of a second afterwards. He pitted immediately afterwards due to a problem with his brake bias adjuster.

Felipe Massa was best of the rest for Ferrari, just over four-tenths of a second slower than Hamilton. He had a run-in with the driver who will replace him at Ferrari next year during the session, locking a wheel as he passed Raikkonen’s Lotus.

Raikkonen’s car was repaired in good time following his crash in the first session, allowing him to set eighth-quickest time, the Lotus and Ferrari drivers occupying positions five to eight.

Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil completed the top ten, the latter pipping his team mate by just one thousandth of a second.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’38.673 31
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.781 0.108 30
3 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.797 0.124 32
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’38.844 0.171 35
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.114 0.441 30
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.226 0.553 34
7 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.444 0.771 31
8 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’39.757 1.084 33
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.774 1.101 29
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’40.006 1.333 34
11 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’40.007 1.334 34
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.152 1.479 31
13 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.186 1.513 33
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.210 1.537 34
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.446 1.773 30
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.552 1.879 26
17 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’41.117 2.444 35
18 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’41.289 2.616 34
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’42.461 3.788 36
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’42.798 4.125 35
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.108 4.435 31
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.441 4.768 29

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16 comments on Hamilton stays ahead in Korea

  1. Ivan (@wpinrui) said on 4th October 2013, 7:36

    Great, but I don’t think Hamilton’s pace will be that way for tomorrow, although I want it to be :P

  2. BasCB (@bascb) said on 4th October 2013, 7:48

    I think Mercedes could challenge for the first row tomorrow. I saw how Vettel was avoiding answering when asked how satisfied he was, so I take his answer that he was fine with the session with a solid pinch of salt.

    Off course its possible that Red Bull will redo setup for tomorrow and storm past the field (they have done that before) but its not all lost for the weekend.

    • JCost (@jcost) said on 4th October 2013, 11:29

      Stands were empty, Seb needs boos to perform at top level. When his detractors arrive tomorrow he will outshine the field again :)

      However, looking forward for a strong Mercedes duo, at least on the battle for pole.

  3. Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 4th October 2013, 8:10

    Mercedes are the only realistic team that can prevent Red Bull, and to be more specific, Vettel, from achieving pole position tomorrow, which will obviously make the race more interesting. Let’s hope for the best.

  4. TribalTalker (@tribaltalker) said on 4th October 2013, 8:34

    Amazing list – only the McLaren drivers are separated by more than one place. If this was the order for the grid, six teams would be starting their drivers next to each other, four teams with one driver directly in front of the other.
    Of all the driver pairs, Perez didn’t keep up with Button.
    It looks like this track is less about the driver and more about the car – or all the drivers are around the same level, which I don’t believe.
    That may mean that the race will be more a set of battles between team-mates rather than between teams, but I can hope it’s a bit more open than that.

    • Julien (@jlracing) said on 4th October 2013, 8:40

      Yes it’s very clear at this track wich car is the fastest.
      Mercedes and Red Bull are on about the same pace the whole year
      Lotus and Ferrari are also on about the same pace the whole year
      McLaren and Force India are also very close the whole year
      Then Sauber, Toro Rosso, Williams, Caterham and Marussia are all in order of the current
      speed of their cars.
      Only Force India are a little bit to high placed, compared to their form in the last couple of races

  5. Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 4th October 2013, 8:37

    Felipe Massa was best of the rest for Ferrari, just over four-tenths of a second slower than Vettel.

    Looks like even Keith starts assuming that Vettel is always in P1! @keithcollantine

  6. Jay Menon (@jaymenon10) said on 4th October 2013, 8:43

    Hopefully the Mercs will put up a good fight tomorrow…but whatever happens, unless the heavens open, it will be a Vettel win…as much as I dont want it to be!!

  7. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 4th October 2013, 9:07

    @hamilfan True mate. A 4-way battle between Lewis, Fernando, Nico and Vettel will be really cool ;) Though Vettel will still win, it will be a more “satisfying” win, even for himself. A different winner (one of my two fav ALO or HAM, but I like ALO better) would make my day! ;)

  8. Chris (@tophercheese21) said on 4th October 2013, 9:15

    Sebastian Vettel was the last driver to do a lap on the softer rubber but fell short of beating Hamilton by a tenth of a second afterwards.

    We don’t know fuel loads, but that’s an encouraging sign for the two Mercs, as the track will have rubbered in during the time between their run, and Vettel’s late run.

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