McLaren, Korea, 2013

Top ten pictures from the 2013 Korean Grand Prix

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Ten of the best pictures which tell the story of the Korean Grand Prix weekend.

Thursday press conference

Esteban Gutierrez, Jules Bianchi, Paul di Resta, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Korea International Circuit, 2013

There’s no mistaking how these six drivers felt about having to attend Thursday’s press conference.

Kimi Raikkonen, Friday

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Korea, 2013

The archetypal Korean Grand Prix picture shows the cars heading beneath the track’s distinctive bridge. But after first practice the recovery of Kimi Raikkonen’s damaged Lotus, which he planted in the barrier at turn 18, gave a twist to this particular.

McLaren, Saturday

McLaren, Korea, 2013

The McLaren MP4-28s sit beneath their protective covers in parc ferme as the sun goes down on Saturday night.

Mark Webber fans

Mark Webber fans, Korea, 2013

Mark Webber suffered a luckless weekend but he at least found some support among the modest numbers of fans who attended the race.

Start, Korean Grand Prix

Start, Korea, 2013

At turn three on the first lap Felipe Massa almost committed the unforgivable act of taking out his team mate. Fernando Alonso’s quick reactions spared Ferrari from deep embarrassment.

Sergio Perez, Korean Grand Prix

Sergio Perez, McLaren, Korea, 2013

At the beginning of lap 31 Sergio Perez had a major lock-up on the way into turn one. Raikkonen, obscured by the tyre smoke, passed the McLaren on the way out of the corner.

That proved fortunate as moments later Perez’s tyre exploded. Webber, seen here exiting the pits, was showered with debris and also suffered a puncture, sending him straight back into the pits again.

Nico Hulkenberg, Korean Grand Prix

Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, Korea, 2013

It was another strong weekend for Nico Hulkenberg who equalled his career best finish with fourth place after holding off Alonso and, later, Lewis Hamilton.

Romain Grosjean, Korean Grand Prix

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Korea, 2013

After losing second place to Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean was unhappy at being held up and repeatedly asked his team to be let past, but his requests were denied.

On his way back to the pits he was told: “We’ll talk about this in the office after the race of course but for now big ******* smile on the podium please, big ******* smile” (censored by FOM during the broadcast).

Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Korean Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg, Sergio Perez, Korean, 2013

For the third race running their was no Mercedes-powered car on the podium.

Nico Rosberg and Perez park up in their grimy cars, Jenson Button having already climbed from his.

Sebastian Vettel, Korean Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea, 2013

In contrast to the cars in the previous picture, Sebastian Vettel’s Red Bull looks almost pristine as he pulls up after leading every lap of the Korean Grand Prix and claiming his eighth win of the year.

In Korea he wore a helmet with “ten”, “eleven” and “twelve” written on the top, denoting the three years he won his world championships. It looks increasingly likely he’ll need to add “thirteen” to it soon.

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