Practice 3: Kubica shows impressive pace

23 October, 2010

Robert Kubica ended the final practice session fastest of all

Robert Kubica ended the final practice session fastest of all

Oct.23 (GMM)Robert Kubica’s impressive pace at the wheel of the Renault so far in Korea continued as he topped the timing sheets at the end of the third and final free practice of the Korean Grand Prix weekend.

The Pole has been inside the top four in all three practice sessions at the new Yeongam circuit, and topped the time sheet on Saturday morning.

“It is encouraging,” the team’s French boss Eric Boullier said. “It gives us hope for a solid weekend, but we have to remain careful.”

After Red Bull dominated in Japan two weeks ago, the other main teams also believe they are closer to the pace of the RB6 this weekend.

“We’re as competitive as them at least,” said McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, and his teammate Jenson Button agreed: “We’re there.”

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso said: “We feel that maybe it’s not as easy as it was for Red Bull in Suzuka, even if they are still favourites.”

The problem for Red Bull in Korea is the first sector, comprising essentially the front straight and the ultra-long second straight.

“They’re (the straights) too long for us,” said Sebastian Vettel, referring to the team’s under-powered engine and an F-duct not as efficient as the one seen on the Renault and McLaren.

Saturday at Yeongam has been overcast and mild so far, and the forecast is for possible overnight rain.

Practice 3 – 23 October 2010

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:37.354 15
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.402 0.048 16
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.426 0.072 15
4 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:37.441 0.087 13
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:37.629 0.275 12
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.955 0.601 16
7 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.419 1.065 15
8 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:38.501 1.147 17
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:38.630 1.276 12
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.632 1.278 18
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:38.668 1.314 14
12 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:38.733 1.379 16
13 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:39.058 1.704 21
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.145 1.791 16
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:39.159 1.805 21
16 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:39.780 2.426 9
17 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.289 2.935 17
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:41.591 4.237 15
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:41.623 4.269 15
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:41.853 4.499 17
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:42.095 4.741 19
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:43.111 5.757 19
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:43.417 6.063 19
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:43.880 6.526 20


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