• Korean Grand Prix - FP2

Vettel quickest as Red Bull heads practice

ESPN Staff
October 12, 2012

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time of FP2 for the Korean Grand Prix as he and team-mate Mark Webber set the pace.

Vettel's time of 1:38.832 just edged out Webber by 0.032s as the Red Bull displayed its strength in the final sector of the Yeongam circuit. Fernando Alonso was third for Ferrari with a 1:39.160, less than 0.06s quicker than Jenson Button in a closely packed midfield. Michael Schumacher was fifth quickest, less than half a second slower than Vettel.

While the headline times went to Red Bull, it was Button who will have been encouraged by his long-run pace outperforming the two RB8s and receiving a message from McLaren saying "You are the fastest car out there on option tyres, this pace is very, very good" over the radio. Even the two Ferraris were quicker than Red Bull on heavy fuel, although Vettel and Webber maintained a better consistency to their lap times.

Sixth fastest was Felipe Massa, who was within 0.6s of the best time, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton - ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen - was the only driver in the top ten who didn't improve on his soft tyre time when he put on the super softs.

The track remained dirty after FP1, with a number of drivers running wide throughout the session. Bruno Senna had a spin at turn 12 to highlight just how low the grip levels were, though he was the only man to end up facing the wrong way.

A brief lull in proceeding occurred around the half-way mark of the session as Perez stopped out on track. Looking to accelerate out of turn 12 Perez appeared to lose power in second gear and coasted to a halt, with Sauber later confirming that an actuator related to the engine had failed and it hadn't damaged the engine. Perez even attempted to rejoin the session later on but was forced to climb out the car again as work continued under the engine cover.

At the back, Charles Pic saw his running restricted a he had his steering rack changed, much like his team-mate Timo Glock in the other Marussia. And Pedro de la Rosa ran a new rear wing for HRT but ended the session as the slowest car in the field.