F1 2013

Red Bull back on form – Korea FP3

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber put Red Bull back on top of their fight with rivals Mercedes in final free practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s Korean Grand Prix, out-distancing their opponents by some 0.4 and 0.3 seconds respectively.

The German and his Australian team-mate, who must take a ten-place grid penalty for his earlier rule infringements, found plenty of time on the softer, red-walled Pirelli tyre while Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton spent most of the session tripping over one another. Indeed, the Briton was so caught in the thick of it he believed someone had run into the back of his F1W04 near the end of the morning run.

Lotus and Ferrai continued to sit between 0.5 and 0.8 off the pace in their tussle for 5th-8th places, while McLaren were still struggling to find time on the theoretically faster compound Pirelli’s. Their lack of pace in qualifying trim provided Sauber and Force India with a chance to get close and possibly challenger for the final spots in Q3 this afternoon.

CLASSIFICATION – FP3 – KOREAN GP

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Vettel Red Bull 1:37:881
2 Webber Red Bull 1:38:018
3 Rosberg Mercedes 1:38:318
4 Hamilton Mercedes 1:38:332
5 Alonso Ferrari 1:38:486
6 Grosjean Lotus 1:38:701
7 Massa Ferrari 1:38:816
8 Raikkonen Lotus 1:38:857
9 Hulkenberg Sauber 1:38:961
10 Button McLaren 1:39:114
11 Gutierrez Sauber 1:39:128
12 Maldonado Williams 1:39:196
13 Sutil Force India 1:39:204
14 Perez McLaren 1:39:274
15 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:39:327
16 Di Resta Force India 1:39:371
17 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:39:665
18 Bottas Williams 1:40:128
19 Pic Caterham 1:41:360
20 Van Der Garde Caterham 1:41:614
21 Bianchi Marussia 1:41:646
22 Chilton Marussia 1:42:267
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