s Lewis Hamilton
set the two fastest laps in Fridays opening practice session for the Korean round. First he recorded 1m 39.280s to depose long-time pacesetter Fernando Alonso
, then he improved that right at the end with 1m 39.148s to go 0.302s clear of the Spaniards 1m 39.450s best for Ferrari
Behind them, Mark Webber
lapped his Red Bull in 1m 39.575s to head Ferraris Felipe Massa
on 1m 39.854s, which left Sebastian Vettel
only fifth in the second Red Bull on 1m 40.088s.
It was a slightly odd session as drivers struggled towards the end to approach the times theyd done early on, though Hamiltons improvement implied that track conditions hadnt really deteriorated.
faster runner with 1m 40.221s, but Nico Rosberg
was on his tail with 1m 40.396s. Behind them, Romain Grosjean
posted a late improvement to jump up to eighth with 1m 40.422s for Lotus
ahead of Paul di Resta
who took his Force India
round in 1m 40.440s. The top 10 was completed by Jenson Button
on 1m 40.480s for McLaren.
Lotuss Kimi Raikkonen
did long runs for a while but improved to 1m 40.929s for 11th, as Pastor Maldonado
lapped his Williams
in 1m 41.048s to head Jules Bianchi
as the Frenchman stood in for Nico Hulkenberg
at Force India; he recorded 1m 41.140s which left him ahead of the Sauber
s of Kamui Kobayashi
and Sergio Perez
. The Suzuka hero lapped in 1m 41.220s, while his team mate had a spin and an off-course excursion on his way to 1m 41.514s.
again narrowly had the upper hand over Toro Rosso partner Jean-Eric Vergne
, with 1m 41.596s to 1m 42.021s.
had another run for Williams, which yielded 1m 42.027s for 18th, as Heikki Kovalainen registered improvement for Caterham with 1m 42.104s for 19th ahead of the likewise enhanced Marussia
s of Timo Glock
on 1m 42.175s and Charles Pic
on 1m 42.706s. Giedo van der Garde
also did a good job standing in for Vitaly Petrov
at Caterham, with 1m 42.820s.
, Pedro de la Rosa
lapped in 1m 44.517s from Friday morning team mate Dani Clos
on 1m 45.735s. (Formula1.com)