Red Bull take charge in Korea

By on Friday, October 12, 2012

Red Bull Racing set the pace ahead of this weekend's Korean Grand Prix.

World champion Sebastian Vettel, who is chasing his third successive victory, edged out team mate Mark Webber by just 0.032s in a rather uneventful couple of sessions.

Fernando Alonso, who crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix, finished in third place.

Jenson Button set the fourth fastest time, ahead of Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. The top eight drivers were separated by less than nine tenths of a second.

"All in all we can be quite happy, but I think it looks extremely tight", said pacesetter Vettel. "I’m not happy with every run we had today, but I think the track was changing quite a lot this morning, it was better than we expected. This afternoon it was quite slippery to start with, but then I think it got a little bit better so, all in all the car felt alright and now we see what we can do for tomorrow".

Webber was also enthusiastic after a positive day's work at Yeongam.

"It’s always a compromise on a track like this with a bit of top speed in the first sector, then the last sector is pretty twisty in terms of rhythm – it’s a bit like Budapest, so you need a bit of downforce there".

Jenson Button warned his team that Red Bull will be difficult to beat in qualifying, while Hamilton was frustrated about his runs in second practice.

"This morning’s session was fine, but I made some changes for the afternoon and wasn’t quite able to get a good time out of either the Prime or the Option [tyres]", said Hamilton.

Lotus racers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean spent much of the day around the bottom of the top ten as the team trialled the new Coanda exhausts. Neither driver was particularly upbeat, with Raikkonen saying the E20 was hard to drive.

McLaren-bound Sergio Perez stopped on track during second practice, meaning that he and Sauber are on the back foot in terms of long runs ahead of Sunday's race.

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