Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Korea International Circuit, 2013

Hamilton stays ahead in Korea

2013 Korean Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

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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