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2011 Korean Grand Prix (Rd 16, Free Practice 2, Oct 14th, TV Notes)

October 15, 2011

Yeongam circuit. © Creative Commons / noieraieri

Lewis Hamilton topped a greasy second practice for the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam on Friday.

The McLaren ace set his quickest run (1:50.828) in the opening thirty minutes, with only teammate Jenson Button getting close.

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was 3rd, albeit 1.8 seconds slower than Hamilton, with Fernando Alonso (Ferrari, 4th) a further tenth adrift.

Although the rain veered from light to stopped, the circuit refused to dry, as noted by several drivers who attempted short-lived slick-shod stints.
As such, much of the running centred on the Pirelli intermediate tyres, with several drivers spinning helplessly in the conditions.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg session ended early. The German pilot outbraked himself on the approach to turn 1, sliding hard into the Toro Rosso of Jaime Alguersuari. Rather than blame Rosberg, Alguersuari saw fit to lambaste the pitlane exit layout, for creating the potential for first turn accidents.
The afternoon was something of a struggle for Mercedes, whose other driver – Michael Schumacher – missed part of the session while his gearbox was changed.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes       1m50.828s    	       26
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1m50.932s  + 0.104   19
 3.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault       1m52.646s  + 1.818   30
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                1m52.774s  + 1.946   25
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault       1m53.049s  + 2.221   27
 6.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m53.402s  + 2.574   25
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                1m53.707s  + 2.879   24
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes               1m53.914s  + 3.086   18
 9.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1m53.948s  + 3.120   27
10.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes   1m53.957s  + 3.129   32
11.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                1m54.200s  + 3.372   26
12.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes   1m54.392s  + 3.564   26
13.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1m54.831s  + 4.003   30
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes               1m54.965s  + 4.137   21
15.  Bruno Senna           Renault                1m55.187s  + 4.359   28
16.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari         1m55.203s  + 4.375   24
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari         1m55.544s  + 4.716   23
18.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth      1m56.067s  + 5.239   22
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault          1m56.669s  + 5.841   20
20.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault          1m57.173s  + 6.345   19
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth        1m58.269s  + 7.441   25
22.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth        1m59.458s  + 8.630   26
23.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth           1m59.958s  + 9.130   19
24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth           2m00.165s  + 9.337   20
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