Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013

2013 Korean Grand Prix grid

2013 Korean Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Korea International Circuit, 2013

Row 11. Sebastian Vettel 1’37.202
Red Bull
2. Lewis Hamilton 1’37.42
Row 23. Romain Grosjean 1’37.531
4. Nico Rosberg 1’37.679
Row 35. Fernando Alonso 1’38.038
6. Felipe Massa 1’38.223
Row 47. Nico Hulkenberg 1’38.237
8. Esteban Gutierrez 1’38.405
Row 59. Kimi Raikkonen 1’38.822
10. Sergio Perez 1’38.362
Row 611. Jenson Button 1’38.365
12. Daniel Ricciardo 1’38.417
Toro Rosso
Row 713. Mark Webber* 1’37.464
Red Bull
14. Adrian Sutil 1’38.431
Force India
Row 815. Paul di Resta 1’38.718
Force India
16. Jean-Eric Vergne 1’38.781
Toro Rosso
Row 917. Valtteri Bottas 1’39.47
18. Pastor Maldonado 1’39.987
Row 1019. Charles Pic 1’40.864
20. Giedo van der Garde 1’40.871
Row 1121. Max Chilton 1’41.322
22. Jules Bianchi** 1’41.169

*Ten-place penalty for incurring three reprimands
**Three-place penalty for impeding Paul di Resta

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46 comments on “2013 Korean Grand Prix grid”

  1. A Vettel and Hamilton battle, if it actually happens, would be good to see.

    1. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
      5th October 2013, 7:08

      @sankalp88 It won’t happen though. Alonso and Grosjean have a better chance. I may be wrong.

    2. To be honest, Lewis and Grosjean will be the one to watch in the race. Grosjean and Raikkonen’s long runs were very strong during the race simulations. Lewis can attack Vettel at the start as Vettel overtook the polesitter in the last 2 years to win this Grand Prix twice.

    3. Vettel will cruise as usual. Lewis maybe a bit struggling like Spa. Alonso will have excellent start, Grosjean will be strong in long runs, and Kimi will be charging with different strategy to the frontrunners. It will be a huge race if only you take Vettel of equation.

      1. Lewis won’t really struggle, especially if the temperatures are cooler tomorrow, which is most likely to happen because that was what the commentators were discussing earlier in Practice 3. The Mercedes’ long run pace wasn’t either that far to the Red Bulls, but Grosjean will be the one to watch tomorrow. Also, rain is expected till race time in Yeongam tomorrow. If Grosjean can have a good start, he can challenge Vettel for the win.

        1. @krichelle

          I agree. Mercs’ long run pace was pretty good on Friday so I’m certainly hoping that Hamilton can keep Vettel honest tomorrow. Grojean may just be a dark horse!

      2. You are thinking like a bookmaker:)

          1. Nope! Was replying to Javanese comment.

          2. scratch that. I meant Krichelle.

          3. i’m loosing my mind. I really did mean Javanese. Sorry, I’m new at this website:)

          4. @Max Jacobson thanks!

  2. Good job from Grosjean to be starting six places up from Räikkönen.

    1. Remember Raikkonen still suffering from his back pain

      1. @tifoso1989
        Even so, being the only driver to break through the Red Bull/Mercedes deadlock is indeed a fine accomplishment for Grosjean.

    2. He’s having a great year. We’re all bullish on hulk but grojean has impressed even in the better machinery

    3. Once again lacklustre performance from Raikkonen on Saturday. I reckon RoGro is very good qualifier but 1.3 sec difference is too much. he seemed unhappy with settings (he did an extra run compared to Grosjean each session), maybe related to crash on Friday? Or Lotus merely change their golden boy since Kimi would be leaving? But surely Kimi is usually far better on Sunday…

    4. I think Grosjean might be a greater threat in the race than Hamilton: the Lotus’ pace looked very good on Friday, better than the Red Bull’s even (although of course we don’t know fuel loads).

      @tifoso1989 he just generally had a messy lap – locked up into 9, snap oversteer in 12 and oversteer in 14.

      1. Same here Max Jacobson. Grosjean and Kimi’s long run were fantastic during the simulations. But, rain is expected till race day tomorrow, and even more, cooler temperatures are expected tomorrow.

      2. Meaning he wasn’t happy with his car still at qualifying, so some problems there. We all know the pace difference isn’t 1.3sec between them.

  3. Webber taking a close look at the Ferrari ?????

    1. He’s thinking about where to sit on the next taxi ride (in Brazil)

  4. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    5th October 2013, 7:12

    Alonso seems to have botched quali again. What happened on his flying lap? I wasn’t near a TV today so was following through the F1 app. @vettel1 ?

    1. It didn’t happen anything 6th was the maximum he could afford it is his average position in the last 3 years what do you expect

    2. He’ll probably be 2nd at the end of the long straights anyway.

    3. I don’t think he made any significant errors @shreyasf1fan – there was maybe a couple of tenths on the table but 6th was about the maximum he could get really!

    4. Only Lewis hamilton able to Improve on final runs. Alonso was slower than his Q2 lap and so are Kimi, Massa Hulkenberg and Gutiarrez. So Probably it was due to Track temps but 6th was best for FA as Rosberg was around 4 tenths ahead of him.

    5. @tifoso1989 By the way, how’s the f1 app? Is it good? Cause I’ve heard that it’s quite “bad”..

      1. To be honest i don’t use it because i’m satisfied with the Sky italy coverage, apart from the principal channel there is the channel Onboard Mix (onboard from many cars) and the Onboard leader channel (onboard from the leader car) a channel for live timing and race tracker and another one race control center which for the race,onboard,race tracker and live timing all together
        I’m sure that some folks here in the forum will give you a better feedback than me

      2. @krichelle – I think the app isn’t too bad – the app shows in addition to the time sheet, tire compounds, track positions, sector times, speed traps, announcements from race control, etc. It also has an integration to twitter so you have an in-app feed of F1 related tweets.
        Downside is that it’s pricey and doesn’t offer a weekend pass (only pay for the weekends you use it), so you basically buy it for the whole season – with a notebook next to you, you get pretty much the same info for free. Not as neat and tidy though.

  5. Good job for Guttierez getting 9th, or soon to be 8th. He seems to have his qualifications up to speed with the Hulk now.

  6. I wonder what’s happened to Raikkonen? He never looked like challenging Grosjean in this session, and hasn’t been too impressive in qualifying since the summer break (back problems notwithstanding). I hope for better from him in the race tomorrow.

    It’ll come down to the first lap tomorrow to determine whether Vettel will be troubled at all for vitcory. Not holding out too much hope, but maybe the Ferraris can add some excitement with their great starts.

  7. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    5th October 2013, 7:48

    @vettel1 @tifoso1989 He looked good in Q2 and did a provisionally purple S1 (which was expected from the Ferrari) and then ended up 8-tenths off. So I premused a lock-up or his rear-end going naughty somewhere. Or maybe I was being over-optimistic as @tifoso1989 said! ;)

    1. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
      5th October 2013, 7:50


    2. @shreyasf1fan I just assume it was the general lack of pace the Ferrari had in S2. I’m not of course saying he flattered it, but 6th was about where he should’ve been ;)

    3. It is true that his Q3 lap was slower than his Q2 lap , i don’t know why but many drivers apart from Lewis Hamilton were not able to improve on their final run in Q3 including Vettel, Roseberg,Massa, Raikkonen maybe it has something to do with the track condiditions

  8. Shreyas Mohanty (@)
    5th October 2013, 8:08

    It’s good @krichelle . Shows all info you need. Would be better if they add a live stream though – especially considering the $20( around, i can’t recall ) price tag!

  9. a doubt : will sergio perez still have the option of starting on whatever tyres he wants as he actually qualified 11th but was promoted ?

    1. @hamilfan Yes he’ll still have the option because he qualified 11th.
      Much like how Webber won’t have the option because he qualified in 3rd.

      1. @bosley Did webber manage to save a set of supersofts or did he use both of them ? I was hoping for a better performance from Nico . I think I underestimated Grosjean a bit too much . Hope he has a clean getaway tomorrow. I can’t wait for the start !

        1. @hamilfan he used two sets in Q3, but aborted his second attempt at the end of S2. So they have been used, but not as much as some of the others (although Vettel did the same – abort his lap because he’d cemented pole).

  10. If Grosjean can make a 2-stop-race work, he can go for victory tomorrow :)

    1. that would be lovely. He was pretty good here last year too.

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