The low-grip surface at Korea and the high tyre degradation the teams are experiencing could be the a recipe for an exciting race on Sunday. On top of that the three championship contenders all seem quite evenly matched following the first two practice sessions at the Korean International Circuit.
For a while it looked like it might not happen, but F1 cars took to the track in Korea for the first time today. Korea Auto Valley Operation president Yung Cho Chung looked on as Heikki Kovalainen led the runners out at the beginning of the first practice session. See below for more pictures from … Continue reading 100 pictures from Korean GP practice
Mark Webber lapped quickest in the second practice session at Korea. The Red Bull drivers was the only person to set a sub-98 second lap time. Four different cars occupied the top four places with Fernando Alonso second fastest in front of Lewis Hamilton and Robert Kubica.
High straight-line speeds helped McLaren and Renault to the fastest times in first practice at Korea. Sebastian Vettel used the Red Bull’s superior downforce to go quickest in the second half of the lap at Korea but a lack of straight line speed appeared to be their vulnerability in first practice.
Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the first practice session for the Korean Grand Prix. The McLaren driver waited until the final minutes of practice to do his first timed laps of the track after a problem with his rear wing meant it had to be changed.
Construction work continues at the Korean International Circuit less than 24 hours before the first practice session is scheduled to begin. But the latest pictures from the track show it is taking shape and reveal some of its interesting details, including a decorated bridge which spans the track and pit lane.
Mercedes may have missed an opportunity to prevent Michael Schumacher getting stuck behind Nico Rosberg during the Japanese Grand Prix. Schumacher spent 23 laps stuck behind his team mate. Without the delay he might have been able to capitalise on Lewis Hamilton’s later problems to take fifth place.
You need to upgrade your Flash Player View interactive chart full screen Tick/untick drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó names to show their laps, click and drag to zoom Rank Driver Car Fastest lap Deficit to fastest lap 1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’33.474 2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.529 0.055 3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.653 0.179 4 Fernando Alonso … Continue reading Japanese Grand Prix fastest laps
Drivers’ championship Position Driver Points 1 Mark Webber 220 2 Fernando Alonso 206 3 Sebastian Vettel 206 4 Lewis Hamilton 192 5 Jenson Button 189 6 Felipe Massa 128 7 Nico Rosberg 122 8 Robert Kubica 114 9 Michael Schumacher 54 10 Adrian Sutil 47 11 Rubens Barrichello 41 12 Kamui Kobayashi 27 13 Vitaly … Continue reading Vettel ties with Alonso – championship points after Japan
Pos Num Driver Car Laps Gap Difference Grid 1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 53 1 2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 53 0.905 0.905 2 3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 53 2.721 1.816 4 4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 53 13.522 10.801 5 5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 53 39.595 26.073 8 6 3 … Continue reading 2010 Japanese Grand Prix result
Sebastian Vettel remains the man to beat at Suzuka after taking pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix. He leads an all-Red Bull front row at Suzuka while Robert Kubica will start from third position. Lewis Hamilton qualified third but will start from eighth due to his penalty. Robert Kubica’s Renault will take third on … Continue reading Vettel continues Suzuka dominance with pole (Japanese Grand Prix qualifying)
Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault Row 2 3. Robert Kubica Renault 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari Row 3 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes Row 4 7. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 8. Lewis Hamilton* McLaren-Mercedes Row 5 9. Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes Row 6 11. … Continue reading 2010 Japanese Grand Prix grid
Jaime Alguersuari was fastest in final practice at Suzuka – but he was one of only two drivers to set a time in a very wet session. The only other car to post a lap time was Timo Glock’s Virgin. There are concerns that if this level of rain persists it might not be possible … Continue reading Little running in rain-hit final practice puts qualifying session in doubt
Ferrari appear to have the race pace to back up the one-lap performance they showed in the second practice session in Valancia. Red Bull are close behind but McLaren didn’t exhibit the same performance they had in the first session – in terms of straight-line speed or lap time. Here’s the interactive data for the … Continue reading Ferrari show good race pace in second practice (FP2 interactive data)
Ferrari, Renault, Mercedes and Red Bull were among the teams who tested significant upgrades on their cars in the first two practice sessions at Valencia. While Red Bull tested their version of McLaren’s F-duct three of their rivals tried to run exhaust-driven diffuser similar to those on the RB6. Have a look at the revised … Continue reading Ferrari, Red Bull and rivals test Valencia updates (European GP Practice pictures)
Fernando Alonso was the fastest man in second practice at Valencia for the second year in a row. The Ferrari driver led the two Red Bulls, followed by Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. For the second session in a row the red flags came out. This time they were caused by Felipe Massa, who spun … Continue reading Alonso fastest on home ground in FP2
Although Mercedes were fastest in the first practice session the practice times indicate the W01 is not the fastest car around Valencia this weekend. McLaren have the fastest car through the speed traps but it’s not clear yet how much time Ferrari have found with their exhaust upgrade.
Nico Rosberg was fastest in the first practice session for the European Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver led the McLaren pair of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button after a session which was interrupted by a red flag. Reserve drivers Paul di Resta and Christian Klien drove during the session.
The car Toyota would have raced in F1 this year has been driven by Kazuki Nakajima in Cologne.
Toyota’s former F1 boss Tadashi Yamashina has said the company isn’t interested in competing in F1 because it is too distant from ordinary drivers. Speaking to Automotive News Yamasina said Toyota, who announced its decision to quit F1 within days of the 2009 season finale, would have happened regardless of the credit crunch: It might … Continue reading Toyota not planning return to “elitist” F1