Practice 2: Hamilton top as McLaren dominate

14 October, 2011

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton ended day one in korea fastest of all

Oct.14 (Reuters) Lewis Hamilton put his troubles to one side and led team mate Jenson Button in a McLaren one-two in a wet practice for the team’s 700th Formula One race at the Korean Grand Prix on Friday.

Lewis Hamilton at Korean GP

Lewis Hamilton in the cockpit of the mcLaren MP4-26 during Korean GP practice at Yeongam

The 2008 world champion, who has been questioning his performances after five straight races without a podium finish, lapped a wet Yeongam circuit with a best time of one minute 50.828 seconds in the afternoon.

Button, winner of the previous race in Japan and chasing his sixth successive appearance on the podium, was 0.104 slower in the second 90-minute session.

“I’m really struggling to get heat in the front tyres,” said 2009 champion Button, whose style is notably smoother than his more aggressively steering team mate.

Mercedes Michael Schumacher lived up to his fame as a master of wet conditions with the fastest time of 2:02.784 in the opening session.

Red Bull’s newly crowned double world champion Sebastian Vettel, back on track for the first time since he clinched the title in Japan, was second and third respectively in the sessions.

Hamilton’s time will have boosted his spirits after Button was quicker in all three practice sessions in Japan.

Jenson Button at Korean GP

Jenson Button was second quickest in practice two

The Briton told reporters earlier that he felt he had fallen off “quite a steep cliff” since he last won in Germany in July.

Six drivers, including Button, did not set timed laps in the morning as the rain fell steadily and made track conditions treacherous.

Even Schumacher’s sure touch failed him momentarily when he skidded off onto the grass at the pit lane entry.

There were more spins and slides in the afternoon, with Schumacher’s team mate Nico Rosberg running wide braking into the tight left-handed first corner and spearing into Jaime Alguersuari’s Toro Rosso as the Spaniard exited the pit lane.

The accident revived driver concern about the position of the exit.

With the grandstand largely empty and conditions resembling those on race day a year ago when the start had to be delayed, the few fans venturing to the track some 320km to the south of Seoul saw little action until after lunch.

Young French test driver Jean-Eric Vergne took part in practice with Toro Rosso while Indians Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, both hoping to race in their home grand prix later this month, turned out for HRT and Team Lotus respectively.

Vergne will also take part in practice for the team in Abu Dhabi and the season-ender in Brazil.

Friday, 14 October – Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.828 26
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.932 0.104 19
3 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:52.646 1.818 30
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:52.774 1.946 25
5 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:53.049 2.221 27
6 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:53.402 2.574 25
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:53.707 2.879 24
8 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:53.914 3.086 18
9 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:53.948 3.120 27
10 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:53.957 3.129 32
11 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:54.200 3.372 26
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:54.392 3.564 26
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:54.831 4.003 30
14 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:54.965 4.137 21
15 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:55.187 4.359 28
16 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:55.203 4.375 24
17 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:55.544 4.716 23
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:56.067 5.239 22
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:56.669 5.841 20
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:57.173 6.345 19
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:58.269 7.441 25
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.458 8.630 26
23 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:59.958 9.130 19
24 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2:00.165 9.337 20


  • Tamburello_1994

    Whatever.

    Headline will read: VETTEL STEALS POLE FROM MCLAREN DUO….

    Your welcome, Yalla.

  • Salman

    hahaha say tht the other way around.. :D

  • Tamburello_1994

    . . . . . Officially Stands corrected.

    Thanks, Mclaren

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