2013 Korean Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

2013 Korean Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Korea International Circuit, 2013Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap of the Korean Grand Prix two laps before the end of the race – despite being warned to look after his front-right tyre.

Tyre wear and degradation were major concerns for the drivers during the race. One of the worst-affected was Lewis Hamilton.

As the graph below shows his tyres started to go off in a bad way around lap 22. At first his team thought they were going through a phase of graining and would recover – but they didn’t.

“The tyre was losing temperature and I was locking up, I couldn’t get around the corners,” said Hamilton. He was probably fortunate the two Safety Car periods reduced the pace during his second stint on the medium tyres, which was six laps longer than the one he suffered the worst graining in.

Korean Grand Prix lap times

All the lap times by the drivers (in seconds, very slow laps excluded):

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55
Sebastian Vettel 107.023 106.386 106.922 106.685 107.131 106.848 106.643 105.986 106.071 106.07 111.231 124.505 104.534 104.689 104.788 105.11 105.506 105.231 105.549 105.163 104.485 105.301 105.062 104.549 103.986 104.854 104.957 105.147 104.779 104.774 112.871 174.24 163.767 159.783 155.679 156.297 103.103 134.138 157.566 155.628 102.185 101.996 101.726 101.671 102.095 101.829 102.006 101.976 101.862 102.051 101.666 102.029 101.38 102.614 103.578
Lewis Hamilton 109.848 106.908 106.924 107.09 107.401 107.258 106.527 106.84 111.254 124.122 105.428 105.137 105.351 105.829 105.966 105.653 105.464 104.83 104.839 105.064 105.165 105.686 106.591 106.981 107.349 108.059 108.329 110.797 113.817 123.614 124.688 135.466 141.225 159.127 155.627 154.242 105.454 133.262 159.28 152.567 104.379 103.316 103.175 103.037 103.913 103.875 104.705 104.299 103.743 103.772 103.462 103.176 102.539 102.91 103.596
Romain Grosjean 109.131 106.944 106.89 106.867 107.094 106.983 106.712 106.413 106.148 110.986 124.517 105.185 104.957 105.141 105.13 105.645 105.51 105.518 105.335 104.771 104.873 105.185 105.171 105.237 104.679 105.132 104.675 104.688 104.845 105.014 115.884 168.379 162.157 160.721 155.132 155.681 104.602 133.74 158.324 154.166 103.481 102.68 102.244 102.217 102.062 101.936 102.332 102.355 102.36 102.146 102.049 102.022 101.944 102.235 102.403
Nico Rosberg 110.482 107.525 107.549 107.653 108.266 108.066 107.233 106.873 106.617 111.625 127.303 105.559 105.363 105.096 105.554 106.271 107.039 105.512 105.693 105.471 105.057 105.002 104.788 104.751 104.802 105.709 105.59 114.413 144.495 105.018 128.883 134.96 126.555 157.735 154.074 153.528 106.141 134.066 157.869 152.078 105.851 104.063 103.789 103.47 103.288 103.14 103.729 104.323 103.833 103.749 103.505 103.57 102.551 102.471 102.803
Fernando Alonso 111.814 108.239 108.115 108.241 108.161 107.899 107.661 108.077 113.917 124.226 105.977 105.895 105.364 105.863 105.891 106.733 106.016 106.371 106.27 106.838 106.01 105.723 105.83 105.878 106.103 107.359 106.166 111.246 124.055 103.317 130.732 136.121 131.072 159.346 154.728 154.123 105.577 133.916 158.009 152.536 105.606 103.691 103.624 103.35 103.051 103.136 104.187 104.687 103.49 103.723 103.596 103.229 102.731 102.709 103.665
Felipe Massa 122.29 109.287 110.124 107.996 109.257 113.499 125.891 108.149 107.779 108.377 107.144 107.476 107.698 106.851 106.966 106.976 106.857 107.133 106.806 106.359 106.128 106.413 107.195 105.996 105.968 106.539 106.582 106.93 111.083 126.094 134.163 134.647 113.543 150.982 154.537 149.312 105.996 135.658 156.539 151.125 106.72 104.42 104.189 104.03 106.455 103.092 102.954 103.995 103.732 103.504 103.548 103.064 103.831 103.055 103.157
Nico Hulkenberg 111.311 108.039 107.663 108.215 108.353 108.212 107.419 107.122 107.232 111.745 126.711 105.488 105.544 105.788 106 106.193 106.123 106.66 106.466 106.752 106.067 105.569 105.711 105.814 105.86 111.045 126.237 104.67 104.979 104.915 131.699 134.527 132.591 158.928 155.027 154.289 104.452 133.221 158.528 153.619 104.304 103.4 103.085 103.174 103.872 103.962 104.673 104.322 103.69 103.653 103.433 103.153 102.608 102.861 102.841
Esteban Gutierrez 117.587 109.161 108.982 109.346 109.684 110.036 113.48 127.46 108.073 108.184 107.316 107.373 107.504 106.738 106.916 106.941 106.299 107.026 107.189 106.695 105.991 106.853 108.467 106.568 106.03 106.355 106.845 106.748 106.949 107.302 134.614 154.033 114.864 150.977 154.585 149.342 106.076 135.455 156.447 151.258 106.786 104.475 104.156 104.1 107.862 105.016 104.134 103.57 103.155 103.246 103.672 102.91 103.18 102.936 102.744
Kimi Raikkonen 113.95 108.101 107.665 107.676 107.996 107.82 107.664 107.814 106.547 107.107 112.147 126.498 105.074 105.007 105.072 106.345 106.206 106.516 106.302 106.718 106.179 105.645 105.991 105.635 110.088 124.591 102.813 103.792 103.724 105.117 124.824 134.428 142.512 159.859 155.471 154.842 104.38 132.723 157.772 154.958 103.055 102.641 102.134 102.098 102.131 102.114 102.128 102.297 102.269 102.269 101.975 102.356 102.207 102.237 102.445
Sergio Perez 115.921 108.784 109.239 109.381 109.114 109.169 108.481 108.037 107.876 112.31 126.611 106.083 106.015 107.824 105.978 106.047 106.465 106.607 106.255 105.946 105.705 105.989 105.69 105.581 106.255 106.055 105.864 105.927 105.896 106.074 156.24 169.936 110.874 137.704 154.19 149.289 106.074 136.22 156.705 150.122 106.992 104.371 104.22 104.001 107.379 103.081 102.973 103.477 103.61 103.718 103.363 103.152 103.793 103.011 103.182
Jenson Button 115.281 108.949 108.641 113.805 129.953 106.266 108.002 109.689 107.082 106.957 106.181 106.756 106.601 106.229 106.028 105.989 105.949 106.058 105.936 106.789 106.919 111.954 127.685 104.785 104.455 104.558 104.543 105.472 105.717 104.864 126.448 135.051 130.297 157.667 154.164 153.946 106.125 134.05 157.771 152.281 105.811 103.989 103.683 103.418 103.073 103.274 103.823 104.524 103.785 103.623 103.649 103.668 105.206 104.087 104.457
Daniel Ricciardo 113.122 108.239 108.08 109.368 108.884 108.835 108.578 109.193 107.977 107.767 107.778 109.498 107.48 107.182 107.104 107.017 107.483 112.892 126.931 105.934 107.391 105.287 105.717 105.967 105.859 106.485 106.552 106.943 105.849 106.42 134.627 147.346 120.618 156.643 154.352 151.529 106.846 135.247 156.958 151.278 105.71 104.281 104.236 104.211 104.833 104.421 104.472 104.011 103.483 103.473 103.406 102.947
Mark Webber 116.328 108.641 108.339 109.181 107.603 107.738 107.797 106.176 106.62 106.263 106.559 111.363 124.819 104.64 105.054 106.4 106.286 106.508 106.235 106.448 106.935 105.866 105.388 105.456 105.672 104.815 103.863 103.98 105.155 108.597 162.547 150.909 122.222 152.739 153.081 151.038
Adrian Sutil 120.158 110.434 115.186 134.506 107.266 107.717 107.635 107.531 107.827 107.938 108.355 107.694 107.925 107.353 106.48 106.402 106.583 106.552 106.433 106.027 105.894 106.021 106.392 106.525 106.214 106.655 106.611 111.401 124.971 104.74 132.855 133.93 113.517 152.061 153.283 150.958 123.35 140.283 180.237 110.498 114.852 121.292 104.095 105.592 106.059 107.307 106.532 106.831 106.3 121.635
Paul di Resta 117.017 108.881 109.088 109.062 109.17 109.353 113.006 127.609 108.403 106.411 108.274 106.65 106.822 107.146 107.492 107.367 106.966 106.707 106.659 106.662 107.655 107.872 112.788 127.445
Jean-Eric Vergne 119.105 108.458 108.759 109.536 109.726 110.166 109.597 108.624 108.379 108.828 110.756 117.05 128.44 106.407 106.348 106.481 106.842 107.116 107.171 106.983 107.446 107.288 107.651 112.075 127.088 105.736 105.404 105.283 106.583 112.013 137.095 129.806 112.924 136.229 154.13 148.592 106.86 139.532 158.835 146.802 107.953 105.893 104.409 104.891 104.238 104.795 104.487 104.334 104.57 104.325 104.252 104.09 123.305
Valtteri Bottas 119.605 110.269 108.572 110.033 109.86 110.753 108.902 113.465 128.453 107.887 107.855 108.046 107.712 107.75 107.549 107.735 107.56 107.488 107.085 106.962 106.617 106.491 106.698 107.424 107.277 108.546 108.915 113.436 127.962 111.585 133.456 126.965 113.952 135.09 154.151 148.387 107.441 134.616 156.62 149.907 107.187 104.653 104.159 103.869 107.347 104.711 104.754 104.67 104.058 104.096 104.462 104.576 104.348 104.369 104.414
Pastor Maldonado 114.725 108.609 108.388 108.795 109.014 109.786 112.606 129.007 107.729 107.137 106.697 107.004 106.784 107.927 108.692 107.068 106.535 106.446 106.497 106.39 106.55 106.622 111.024 126.006 105.249 105.858 105.27 105.587 105.391 105.242 130.928 133.699 118.319 158.395 154.009 152.565 106.711 133.955 157.565 152.108 106.991 104.445 104.136 104.538 110.153 105.402 104.879 104.608 104.451 104.462 104.31 104.312 104.576 104.368 105.194
Charles Pic 120.786 110.557 111.294 110.98 111.173 111.085 110.658 110.043 114.625 128.592 107.964 108.201 108.02 107.94 107.791 107.955 107.851 107.995 107.83 107.596 107.464 107.658 107.886 108.104 107.504 107.883 107.715 107.719 108.033 116.097 173.277 161.815 114.593 113.145 112.705 141.788 106.723 134.923 156.137 150.259 107.667 105.891 105.636 105.329 106.33 105.404 106.199 106.829 106.153 105.522 105.666 105.092 105.772 104.477 104.948
Giedo van der Garde 118.75 110.809 111.874 111.182 110.721 111.17 110.954 110.209 109.093 114.537 129.904 129.175 108.003 108.484 108.244 108.012 107.788 108.096 107.995 108.29 108.278 108.576 109.442 108.45 107.799 107.561 107.717 107.94 107.477 120.273 153.285 152.015 116.217 113.169 112.843 139.103 107.435 133.926 156.273 149.735 108.909 107.593 106.165 106.562 105.045 105.133 105.18 105.512 105.93 106.126 105.67 105.297 105.196 104.705 104.375
Max Chilton 122.636 111.542 111.091 111.196 111.681 111.477 111.209 111.694 111.121 110.93 109.64 116.703 128.774 108.604 108.825 108.738 108.784 108.304 108.254 108.375 108.609 108.485 108.737 109.32 108.688 107.93 108.1 107.942 107.334 121.459 160.261 146.213 116.722 113.325 111.966 139.277 108.928 134.453 155.642 148.924 110.1 106.641 106.181 106.42 106.542 106.166 106.169 105.408 106.243 105.889 105.935 105.801 106.047 105.646 105.518
Jules Bianchi 121.436 111.665 110.705 110.874 111.594 111.507 111.333 111.333 111.058 114.599 129.017 109.129 109.368 109.281 109.107 108.994 108.791 108.524 108.668 108.343 108.441 108.217 108.237 109.421 109.556 107.956 107.684 107.936 107.721 119.814 154.461 156.688 116.216 112.738 112.499 140.09 108.818 134.126 156.508 148.813 107.79 106.464 107.32 106.447 107.302 105.617 105.318 105.469 105.765 105.578 105.585 105.618 105.727 104.991 105.414

Korean Grand Prix fastest laps

Each driver’s fastest lap:

Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Gap On lap
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.380 53
2 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’41.936 0.556 46
3 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’41.975 0.595 51
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’42.471 1.091 54
5 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’42.539 1.159 53
6 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.608 1.228 53
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’42.709 1.329 54
8 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.744 1.364 55
9 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’42.947 1.567 52
10 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’42.954 1.574 47
11 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’42.973 1.593 47
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1’43.073 1.693 45
13 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’43.863 2.483 27
14 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’43.869 2.489 44
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’44.090 2.710 52
16 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’44.095 2.715 43
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’44.136 2.756 43
18 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’44.375 2.995 55
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’44.477 3.097 54
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’44.991 3.611 54
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’45.408 4.028 48
22 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’46.411 5.031 10

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13 comments on 2013 Korean Grand Prix lap times and fastest laps

  1. Simon999 (@simon999) said on 6th October 2013, 14:43

    We’ll never know how it would have played out, due to the safety car incidents (which you can’t legislate for), but I can’t get my head around the strategy call for HAM during the 2nd stint.

    When the tyres go off the cliff with more than half a race to go, you surely don’t need much more than common sense to tell you that your only option is to pit ASAP. I’m pretty sure he was still in the window for a 3 stop strategy at the point the right-front went and I’m skeptical as to how many other cars would have been able to complete a 2 stopper at a sensible pace, had the safety car not been deployed. Practically every team was “on the limit” by the time their stop came around.

    He’d lost a pit stop anyway by the time he came in, which only meant that he’d now struggle to complete 25 or so laps on the next set of tyres and probably suffer the same fate all over again. It makes no sense to go with the call they did, IMO. Or have I just missed something?

    • Mike Dee (@mike-dee) said on 6th October 2013, 14:55

      I agree with you. I guess he would have come out in traffic but that seemed like the better choice anyway.

    • richly said on 6th October 2013, 15:33

      No Simon, you are 100% correct and then some. Lewis gave up more than 14 seconds to fourth place waiting to pit. More importantly Mercedes allowed Lotus to maximize their pit strategy to full effect. Lewis could have certainly made an extra stop and probably needed to after shooting his tires twice in the race going for position. The Rosberg nose issue only made matters worse as Lewis went two additional laps on those tires some 3 seconds slower than the top runners. Not a master stroke I am afraid. the tires killed this race for everyone. Most people don’t care so much about who wins so long as it’s a good race, and this one was clearly a tire management run.

    • AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 6th October 2013, 18:44

      @simon999, you are completely right, they should have pitted them at the end of lap 22, 23 the latest. You can see on laps 18 and 19 that he significantly speeded up, probably as the graining on his tyres was gone at that moment, then a couple of laps later they were suddenly completely gone.

      I suppose there are two mitigating circumstances to Mercedes awful strategy, the first is that there was the misunderstanding about the condition of the tyres. If Lewis and his crew had communicated about the fact that the graining had gone, they would have known he needed new tyres. when the lap times went up again. The second reason is that a pit stop any later than lap 24 would probably have just put him behind the Hulkenberg – Alonso – Webber battle.

      Still, I think that in any circumstance, except perhaps 5 laps from the end, as soon as you are two seconds a lap slower, you should go into the pit straight away. Just compare the lap times of Raikkonen and Hamilton on lap 27. Raikkonen set a fast lap of 1m42.8 on his fresh tyres, whereas Lewis did a 1m48.3. That’s almost 6 seconds in one lap, and on the next lap he lost another 7 seconds! Crazy.

  2. Once again Kimi is proven with consistent lap times, a grade A driver. No match for one-lap Ricciardio or diving Perez, but they are a lot cheaper anyway.
    I wonder Vettel is also consistent with fast-slow-fast-slow race laps, perhaps playing with KERS.

  3. Fer no.65 (@fer-no65) said on 6th October 2013, 15:44

    In this era of F1, technology and so on, a 10 lap Safety Car period (alas from two different incidents) it’s absolutely unacceptable.

    A fifth of a race spoiled by rubber on track and a car catching fire. Standard incidents. But in Korea, it’s a lot more serious for whatever reason. Why this track has walls so near the track? it turns the back straight into a sort of a tunnel and it’s a hard job to clean debris or recover a car (just like when Rosberg’s car retired and they kept him there, with waved yellos, for 6 laps a couple of years ago).

    • Actually it was last year Ros Stopped his car on the Back straight. And they used Yellow Flags for 6 laps

    • boozie said on 6th October 2013, 16:29

      I totally agree and think a lot has to do with the rule to allow lapped cars to re-lap themselves.
      While i understand that it is in the interest of the show to have the cars lined up in the order of the classification this rule prolonges the safety car phases usually by 2-4 laps.
      And it is a bit unfair to the front-runners as well because they’ve had to overtake the backmarkers beforehand the hard way.

  4. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 6th October 2013, 16:34

    I don’t really understand the second safety car … was it necessary? There was a lot of smoke, but the smoke went away from the track so no visibility problem IMO.

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