Korean GP qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Korean GP at Yeongam, where Sebastian Vettel starts on pole position.

5 October 2013 Last updated at 08:01

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As it happened

  1. 0745: 
    Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber

    Sebastian Vettel continued his relentless march to a fourth successive world title with pole position in Korea. But as James Calado suggests below, the threat of rain remains meaning tomorrow's race result is far from certain.

    That's me done for the day. Thanks for keeping me company through the small hours of the morning. I'll be back tomorrow at 0600 BST to begin building up to the Korean Grand Prix. Until then, it's good morning from me.

  2. 0737: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report. We'll have highlights on BBC One at 1315 BST plus all the news and analysis from the Korean GP paddock on the F1 pages.


    Force India reserve driver James Calado: Tomorrow will be interesting, we have great race pace and will target a points finish tomorrow. Debriefs now, will it be wet..!?

  4. 0730: 

    Q3 turned out to be a bit on anticlimax as no one managed to come close to Sebastian Vettel's initial benchmark. But there are plenty of reasons to be positive. Lewis Hamilton is right next to the German in P2, with his team boss Ross Brawn saying that their long run pace on Friday was strong.

    Romain Grosjean, who has tidied up his act this season, is third and has been outperforming his more decorated Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen of late. He was in with an outside chance of victory in Singapore before a mechanical problem forced his retirement.


    Ferrari: No surprise today. This is the package's potential. Tomorrow we can do a good race from the 3rd row

    Alonso will start fifth with Massa sixth

  6. 0724: 

    1) Vettel 2) Hamilton 3) Grosjean 4) Rosberg 5) Alonso 6) Massa 7) Hulkenberg 8) Gutierrez 9) Raikkonen 10) Perez 11) Button

    12) Ricciardo 13) Webber* 14) Sutil 15) Di Resta 16) Vergne 17) Bottas 18) Maldonado 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

    *Mark Webber will start 13th after qualifying third because of a 10-place grid penalty


    Rian Hoskins: If Vettel does waltz into the distance, at least watching Webber try to make up positions will make it an interesting Korean GP.


    Sebastian Vettel on whether he would prefer a dry race or rain, which may hit during the race: "I don't mind, it's not a disaster if it starts to rain, we have rain tyres in the garage. They were talking about heavy winds. When I arrived on Wesnesday, it was very windy, but it has died down since then and I think the typhoon has changed direction. If we get some rain from the typhoon, it doesn't matter. The most important thing is that we did the job today."


    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who qualified third but will start 13th after a penalty: "I'm pretty happy with qualifying. I could be two positions better off but will start in 13th because of the penalty. It was a tight qualifying session. We wanted to improve the car. The conditions will be different again tomorrow and we will see how it goes."


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who starts second: "You've always got be looking ahead, but we did as good a job as we could. We got the most out of the car. It has been a good qualifying for us and hopefully tomorrow we will be able to fight with them [the Red Bulls]. There's threats all around but I'm just looking forward."

    Korean GP

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who starts on pole: "I think it was fairly close. We had a very good lap on my first attempt. I knew it would be tricky for me to beat that time. I tried but I caught Kimi on warm up lap on the second run. I was a bit too close and not ideal. Fortunately, the first lap was good enough.

    "As expected Merc was very strong. It's a tight battle. It's a bit of a surprise that we're very good in sector one, which is mostly straights. We have got the balance right this weekend and I improved the car from yesterday as I was not entirely happy after practice so we can be happy with what we've achieved."

  12. 0712: 

    Time to hear from the top three drivers in qualifying...

  13. 0710: 
    Mark Webber

    Mark Webber has a good look at one of the Ferrari's parked up in Parc Ferme while he waits for Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton so they can get on with the top three photo.

    Hamilton and Vettel emerge, with Hamilton shaking the hands of both Red Bull drivers. His wearing his shades and emotionless facial expression. Vettel, in contrast, is all smiles and is even having a chat with Webber.

  14. 0706: 

    1) Vettel 2) Hamilton 3) Webber 4) Grosjean 5) Rosberg 6) Alonso 7) Massa 8) Hulkenberg 9) Gutierrez 10) Raikkonen

    11) Perez 12) Button 13) Ricciardo 14) Sutil 15) Di Resta 16) Vergne

    17) Bottas 18) Maldonado 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

  15. 0704: 

    Mighty performance from Romain Grosjean, who finished fourth fastest but will start third as Mark Webber will be demoted to 13th following his 10-place grid penalty.

  16. 0703: 

    That's Vettel's second pole position in Korea, sixth of the season and 42nd of his career. The German backed out of his final run after getting the message that no one was going to beat him.

  17. 0702: 
    Korean GP

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel takes pole position for the Korean Grand Prix.

  18. 0701: 

    Nico Rosberg stays fifth while Mark Webber aborts his run. Lewis Hamilton sets the fastest middle sector after a personal best in the first. Will it be enough?

  19. 0700: 

    Out comes the chequered flag, with everyone on flying laps. Can anyone topple Sebastian Vettel?

  20. 0658: 

    All 10 drivers have headed out for a final run before the chequered flag comes out.

  21. 0657: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button, who qualified 12th, talking to BBC 5 live's Jennie Gow: "We had more time [in the car], but I came up behind Kimi [Raikkonen] on the last lap, and in high-speed corners you do get affected more than low-speed corners. The first couple of laps tomorrow will be very important."

  22. 0656: 

    Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez have yet to leave the garage. They'll only have time for one run - or perhaps some will choose not to run at all.

  23. 0655: 

    Sebastian Vettel then sets the fastest first and third sector times to rise to the top of the pile, a quarter of a second fastest than anyone else. What have Webber, Hamilton and Rosberg got left in the tank?

  24. 0654: 

    Mark Webber lays down a marker, the Red Bull driver clocking 1:37.464. Lewis Hamilton slots into second with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg third.

  25. 0650: 

    Ten drivers, one pole position. Let's do this.

  26. 0648: 

    Bad times for McLaren, with both Sergio Perez and Jenson Button failing to make it into Q3, but super news for Sauber - who have been mighty impressive over the last couple of races - with both Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez sticking around for Q3.

  27. 0647: 

    1) Vettel 2) Hamilton 3) Webber 4) Hulkenberg 5) Alonso 6) Rosberg 7) Grosjean 8) Raikkonen 9) Massa 10) Gutierrez

  28. 0646: 

    11) Sergio Perez 12) Jenson Button 13) Daniel Ricciardo 14) Adrian Sutil 15) Paul Di Resta 16) Jean-Eric Vergne

  29. 0645: 

    Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

  30. 0644: 

    Jenson Button is knocked out of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

  31. 0643: 

    Felipe Massa is the last man across the line and squeezes into the top 10 with the ninth fastest time, as does Esteban Gutierrez who continues his rise with a second successive spot in Q3.

  32. 0642: 

    Kimi Raikkonen needs to use a second set of super-soft tyres, but it's enough to lift him out of the drop zone and into sixth, six tenths off the pace. That pushes Sauber's Nico Hulkenberg into the drop zone.

  33. 0640: 

    Paul Di Resta, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen, Daniel Ricciardo, Adrian Sutil and Jean-Eric Vergne are currently in the drop zone.

  34. 0638: 

    It's a decent effort from Mark Webber who goes second quickest in the Red Bull, a few thousandths off the pace. However the Australian is demoted a place as team-mate Sebastian Vettel moves ahead with a 1:37.569, two tenths quicker than anyone else.

  35. 0636: 

    Nico Rosberg goes second, two tenths adrift of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton while Felipe Massa slots into fifth in the Ferrari. Both Red Bull's have just started timed laps.

  36. 0635: 

    The fresher rubber for Lewis Hamilton helps him go quickest, six and a half tenths faster than anyone else. Esteban Gutierrez confirms Sauber's good form with the fourth fastest time. The McLarens could struggle to make it into Q3 as a result.

  37. 0634: 

    Fernando Alonso goes quickest, four tenths quicker than the Sauber of Nico Hulkenberg, with Kimi Raikkonen third and Daniel Ricciardo fourth. All are on used super-soft tyres.

  38. 0633: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton has chosen a fresh set of super-soft tyres - and is running very slowly on his out-lap - while everyone else out on track has gone for used rubber.

  39. 0631: 

    No one seems all that keen to head out on track. Daniel Ricciardo eventually breaks the silence in the Toro Rosso and is soon followed by the Lotus of Kimi Raikkonen.


    Nico Lorenzo: Lewis Hamilton looks like the pole man this weekend!!!

  41. 0628: 

    Time for Q2, a 15-minute session where the slowest six drivers will be removed from the process.


    Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds, whose drivers were both knocked out in Q1: "We didn't get the tyres working particularly well this afternoon, which is surprising as the temperatures were very similar to this morning when we could get grip out of the tyres. The track temperature hasn't changed a lot - I thought we could handle it but obviously not. The new front wing looks to be performing a bit better so we're happy with that."

    Paul Di Resta

    Force India's Paul Di Resta: "That was unbelievable."

    The Scot was referring to being held up by Marussia's Jules Bianchi in the final sector of his quick lap.

  44. 0625: 

    1) Raikkonen 2) Rosberg 3) Hulkenberg 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Hamilton 7) Vettel 8) Gutierrez 9) Button 10) Massa 11) Sutil 12) Perez 13) Grosjean 14) Vergne 15) Webber 16) Di Resta

  45. 0624: 

    Paul Di Resta just makes it through in 16th, with Red Bull's Mark Webber only one place higher in 15th.

  46. 0623: 

    17) Valtteri Bottas 18) Pastor Maldonado 19) Charles Pic 20) Giedo van der Garde 21) Jules Bianchi and 22) Max Chilton

  47. 0622: 

    Kimi Raikkonen finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

  48. 0621: 

    Kimi Raikkonen has gone quickest in the Lotus, after selecting the super-soft tyres. Paul Di Resta is held up horribly by the Marussia of Jules Bianchi and faces a few anxious moments to see if he will make it into Q2. He's currently 14th, with the top 16 progressing. The Scot hasn't had the best of luck in qualifying this year.

  49. 0620: 

    Felipe Massa, Pastor Maldonado, Max Chilton, Giedo van der Garde, Charles Pic and Jules Bianchi are currently in the drop zone.

  50. 0619: 

    Both McLarens bolt on the super-softs, with Jenson Button going fourth and Sergio Perez fifth. They're both demoted a place when Nico Hulkenberg goes quickest in the Sauber.

  51. 0616: 

    Mark Webber goes third quickest, half a second off the pace, with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel - the championship leader - a further tenth adrift in fourth.

  52. 0613: 

    Rookie Esteban Gutierrez goes second quickest, on the faster super-soft tyres, one tenth off the pace. Meanwhile, Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have headed out on track with seven minutes remaining.

  53. 0611: 

    Lewis Hamilton smashes it with his latest lap on the medium tyres, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:38.574 which is eight tenths quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg. That should be enough to get him through to Q2.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "The track has cooled considerably. We've seen the last of the blue skies around Mokpo for the time being."

  55. 0609: 

    Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Romain Grosjean remain in their respective garages as Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen start flying laps.

  56. 0607: 

    Nico Rosberg goes quickest in the Mercedes with a 1:39.415, three tenths clear of Lewis Hamilton, with Jenson Button seven tenths off the pace in third.

  57. 0605: 

    Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez is the first man to set a timed lap, the Mexican clocking 1:41.058 on the medium tyres. BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson thinks drivers will need to do a 1m38.8 to safely get through to Q2.

  58. 0602: 

    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson reports that there's currently a lot more cloud cover compared to this morning's practice. He adds that the track is 5C cooler, which could play into the hands of Mercedes and Ferrari.

  59. 0600: 

    Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez is the first man out as the pit lane opens its doors to signal the start of qualifying.


    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Wind currently 1.1m per second for qual. By race time tomorrow expected to be 2.5 to 3m p/sec.; easterly to east-northeasterly.

  61. 0556: 

    So it looks like a battle between Red Bull and Mercedes for pole position. Mercedes looked strong on Friday, but dropped back this morning in final practice as Red Bull came to the fore.

  62. 0552:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra kicks off at 0555 BST, with Jonathan Legard, Gary Anderson and Jennie Gow. You can listen via the link at the top right of the page.

  63. 0546: 

    There have been three Korean Grands Prix and three different pole-sitters. Sebastian Vettel was on pole in 2010, Lewis Hamilton in 2011 and Mark Webber in 2012. Will the pattern continue?

    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes: Somebody was never told about not playing football indoors when they were little! @nico_rosberg warm-up.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Friday has suggested that Korea might bring a shift from the blur of blue that has been the last three races, but it was back to reality on Saturday morning. Mercedes, who had topped both sessions on Friday with Lewis Hamilton, were suddenly the best part of half a second off the pace and team boss Ross Brawn admitted: 'Red Bull look very strong.'

    Can Hamilton or Rosberg beat Sebastian Vettel to pole? The German's team-mate Mark Webber is already out of the reckoning, on account of his 10-place grid penalty, picked up for a season's third reprimand for accepting a lift from Fernando Alonso post-race in Singapore in what stewards deemed was a dangerous position."


    Brian: Think short term its great to have Rubens back better then seeing an average paid driver with a big budget sponsor funding him.

    Lamine Lachhab: What next in #f1? Perhaps Schumacher could join Barrichello at Sauber. Surely must be time to encourage emerging talent.

    Jonny Whitworth: Stuck at work on night shift til 7am, qualifying coverage will get me through til home time! Hoping Lewis can stop the Red Bulls!

    BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards

    "Korea is an adventure on lots of different levels. The restaurants sometimes have an eye-opening approach to cuisine to Western eyes, and the culture shock extended to some marshal training while we did our track walk this weekend. At one corner a senior marshal dropped his bottle of water into the middle of the track and then timed one of his colleagues as he lumbered over the concrete wall and through the narrow gap in the debris fencing, rushed over to the bottle, collected it and returned to his rabbit-hutch hole, hurling himself back through it in a rather ungainly fashion.

    I was thinking of him as two marshals recovered the front wing that Rodolfo Gonzalez left out on circuit after crashing his Marussia in first practice. The marshaling was causing the Lotus team to get a bit twitchy on Friday when desperate to get to work on fixing Kimi Raikkonen's car following his big crash in practice. It took ages for the marshals to attempt to recover it, and in the end the Lotus boys went and got it themselves."

  68. 0535: 

    There's just 25 minutes until qualifying starts. Only three men have started on pole this season. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton have five P1s to their name, with Nico Rosberg taking the other three.

  69. 0530: 

    If you're the adventurous sort who likes to try new cuisines when abroad, the port town of Mokpo - host of this weekend's race - is well known for Hongeo, a strong smelling fermented skate fish dish, and octopus with slender legs. Tempted?


    Mercedes: There is a cloud bank perched halfway across the circuit at the moment. Half in sun, half not. No rain though and still warm.

  71. 0523: 

    Do you think Formula 1 should be welcoming back drivers who have left the sport or focusing on blooding rising stars who could be the future of the sport? Tweet us using the #bbcf1 or text 81111 (UK only), remembering to put your name on those messages. I would also welcome your tips for pole position. Unimaginatively, I'm plumping for Sebastian Vettel, though Lewis Hamilton will run him close I'm sure.

  72. 0517: 
    Rubens Barrichello

    If you've been following our coverage throughout the weekend, you'll know that ex-Ferrari and BrawnGP driver Rubens Barrichello, 41, has been linked with a sensational return to Formula 1 with Sauber - but the Swiss team's boss Monisha Kaltenborn has said no talks have taken place.

    Brazilian Barrichello is keen to rejoin the sport he left at the end of 2011, though, tweeting in the break between sessions: "Lot's of things have being said this week about a possible F1 return. The truth is: "If there is an opportunity, I'm in."

  73. 0511: 

    Qualifying starts at 0600 BST and lasts an hour. It'll be split into three sessions, the first of which will last 20 minutes and see the six slowest drivers knocked out.

    The times are reset ahead of a second 15-minute session which sees another six drivers get the boot. That leaves 10 to fight it out for pole in a 10-minute shoot-out.

  74. 0505: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Good morning/evening/night everybody and welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam.

  75. 0500: 

    Beep...beep...beep. I'm hoping that's the sound of your alarm clock going off in readiness for what could be a mighty fine qualifying session.

  76. 0420: 

    I'm off to put the kettle on and refuel, but will be back at 0500 BST to begin building up to qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. So that's about 40 minutes for you to grab a power nap. Qualifying starts at 0600, with coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 0555. See you in a bit.

  77. 0418: 

    But if you're after something a bit more in-depth, may I suggest Gary Anderson's piece on how to maximise set-up for Sunday's Korean Grand Prix.

  78. 0413: 

    In need of some light reading? Well here's Andrew Benson's third and final practice report.

  79. 0409: 

    Mark Webber was quickest in the first and last sectors, but his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the middle and held the overall advantage by 0.137 seconds. The top nine drivers were separated by a second.

  80. 0406: 

    1) Vettel 2) Webber 3) Rosberg 4) Hamilton 5) Alonso 6) Grosjean 7) Massa 8) Raikkonen 9) Hulkenberg 10) Button 11) Gutierrez

    12) Maldonado 13) Sutil 14) Perez 15) Ricciardo 16) Di Resta 17) Vergne 18) Bottas 19) Pic 20) Van der Garde 21) Bianchi 22) Chilton

  81. 0403: 

    The biggest disappointment of that session was the performance of Lewis Hamilton, who complains to his team over the radio that they didn't warn him about cars coming up quickly behind him. The Briton was impressive on Friday, and looked happier than he has before, but he was four tenths adrift in third practice. Perhaps he was hiding a bit of pace ahead of qualifying?

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "It looks like Red Bull did a better job on their homework last night than Mercedes did."

  83. 0400: 
    Korean GP

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel finishes fastest in third and final practice for the Korean Grand Prix.

  84. 0358: 

    Nico Rosberg goes third, pipping his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for a change this weekend. The German is fourth tenths off the pace of Sebastian Vettel, with Hamilton a few thousandths further adrift. Hamilton only gained half a second after switching from the medium to super-soft tyres.

  85. 0356: 

    Fernando Alonso has made a improvement on his form yesterday and is currently third fastest, 0.6 seconds off the pace. His Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa is fourth, three tenths further back.

  86. 0354: 

    As he so often does, Sebastian Vettel slots in ahead of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber on the timesheets with a blistering 1:37.881 that is 0.137 seconds faster than the Australian. The German, who looked that little bit smoother than Webber on that lap, picked up 1.1 seconds from the medium to the super-soft tyres.

  87. 0349: 

    Top effort from Mark Webber. The Australian sets the fastest time in each of the three sectors to increase his advantage at the top of the charts to seven tenths of a second. Incidentally, it's the quickest lap of the weekend so far. How will Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel respond? He's just headed out.

  88. 0347: 

    It's super-soft time! Time to get serious. Mark Webber has headed out on a set of the red-marked tyres. He has the track to himself.

  89. 0342: 

    Hamilton finds another three tenths to go fastest, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:38.860 which is 0.086 seconds quicker than Webber's previous leading time.

  90. 0339: 

    Lewis Hamilton hooks up a tidy lap to go third, two tenths of a second off the pace set by Red Bull's Mark Webber, whose last pole position came in Korea last year.

  91. 0335: 

    Medium tyres are still the order of the day, with super-softs set to make an appearance later on. Mark Webber has just gone quickest, the Australian sneaking ahead of Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.013 seconds.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "McLaren's Jenson Button joined the list of drivers who are optimistic of a decent weekend in Korea after an encouraging time in Friday practice. 'I think we can maybe challenge the Lotuses,' he said, in a remark which suggests he could be looking at a top six grid position for the first time in. A little bit happier with the car compared to recent races."

  93. 0332: 

    The McLarens are on the board, too, which means everyone has set a lap time. Jenson Button is ninth, 1.1 seconds off the pace, with his team-mate Sergio Perez 11th, a few thousandths further back.

  94. 0330: 

    Fernando Alonso makes an appearance on the timesheets at last, the Spaniard going third quickest in the Ferrari, 0.289 seconds off the pace. Lewis Hamilton's first effort is six tenths off, by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is four tenths further adrift. The Red Bulls remain at the top, with Sebastian Vettel heading Mark Webber.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Fernando Alonso has talked of needing 'a lot of luck' to beat Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in the championship and the evidence of Friday in Korea is that he has slim hope of making up points on the German on performance alone at this race - the Ferrari was 0.771secs off on headline lap time, albeit Alonso encountered a bit of traffic, and unusually did not look any better on the race-simulation runs either. 'The time sheet follows the order that continues to be more or less the same seen in previous weekends,' he was quoted as saying on the Ferrari press release, 'and there is every probability that, again here, we can expect to struggle in the race. It won't be easy for us in performance terms, but we know that apart from that, we can do well on Sunday.'"


    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Staying dry today; current forecast from Korean Meteorological Agency goes for 1-4mm rain Sun; 60% probability by noon; to 30% 3pm.

  97. 0325: 

    Sebastian Vettel is informed of where he's losing time. Next time around, he goes quickest, improving by half a second to go two tenths clear of Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber. The man is a machine.

  98. 0323: 

    No lap times from Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa or the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton yet.


    Paul O'Kelly: Must be Massa for the Sauber seat hate to see him leave F1.

  100. 0320: 

    Webber improves to a 1:39.234 which is three tenths quicker than Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. Romain Grosjean is third, half a second off the pace, with his Lotus team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who crashed heavily yesterday but emerged unscathed, fourth.


    BBC F1 pit lane reporter Tom Clarkson: "Mercedes have just changed all four brake discs on Lewis Hamilton's car."

    The Briton was complaining of vibrations through the brakes earlier on team radio

  102. 0317: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who has the snazzy thermal imaging camera on his car this weekend, goes quickest with a 1:39.330 which is comfortably the best of the day so far.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "There has been a bit of excitement this weekend about the potential of Rubens Barrichello returning to F1 with Sauber next year and adding to his record of grand prix appearances. But on Friday team principal Monisha Kaltenborn denied she had had any discussions with the veteran Brazilian, who is now 41. 'I have been speaking to him," she told BBC Sport. 'But not about the seat.' Pushed on whether she would speak to Barrichello about a drive in 2014, she said she did not want to comment any further. Sauber will employ Russian teenager Sergey Sirotkin next season if he can persuade the FIA he deserves an F1 licence, and the other seat remains open."


    Mercedes: Radio checks, constant speed aero 'cruises' and other checks for the install laps.

  105. 0312: 

    We've got two times on the board, but they won't be troubling the top 10 later in this session. Charles Pic in the Caterham is quickest, with a 1:42.7, a couple of thousandths quicker than team-mate Giedo van der Garde.

  106. 0310: 
    Kimi Raikkonen fans

    There may not be many fans at the Korean International Circuit, but at least some of those who have attended are getting into the spirit. Those Kimi Raikkonen-inspired hats are quite impressive.


    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton: "I've got vibration through the brake pedal." His engineer advises him to try and get some heat into them to see if that improves the feel.

  108. 0307: 

    Red Bull team principal Christian Horner talking to BBC 5 live's Jennie Gow: "Mark's got a [10-place grid] penalty, so we need to qualify as high as we can. We're fine tuning car all the time - we had a look a bits and pieces overnight and we hope drivers are happy with their cars."

  109. 0305: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is out nice and early, as his team-mate Mark Webber. Jenson Button pops out for a spin in his McLaren, which is glistening in the morning sunshine.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Mark Webber's front wing looks like a slightly higher downforce assembly. Sector one of the circuit is about straightline speed. Sector two and three is about downforce."

    Don't forget Webber had a 10-place grid penalty this weekend. He picked up a third reprimand in Singapore for hitching a lift on Fernando Alonso's Ferrari, triggering the penalty. So he'll have a lot of overtaking to do on Sunday.

  111. 0302: 

    Max Chilton is the first man out on track in the Marussia, followed by his team-mate Jules Bianchi and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean, who does a practice start at the end of the pit lane before heading out on track.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson
    Kimi Raikkonen

    "Kimi Raikkonen does not crash very often so when he does it really makes an impact - both literally and figuratively. And he did it in style in first practice on Friday, taking off the left-hand side of the car and damaging front and rear wings by losing control through the 140mph penultimate corner and spinning into the barriers.

    Raikkonen admitted it was a rare mistake. 'I ran out of talent,' he smiled. How rare an occurrence was this? People struggled to think of the last time but the general consensus seemed to be at the 2007 Italian Grand Prix."


    Rob: Going for Lewis, Seb and Nico R for quali.

  114. 0300: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The roar of a Formula 1 V8 engine pierces the silence to signal the start of third and final practice for the Korean Grand Prix.


    BBC F1 presenter Suzi Perry: So, #FP3 live on @BBC5LSX... Looking like Mercedes can take it to Red Bull #BBCF1

  116. 0255: 

    It's a beautiful sunny morning in Mokpo, with blue skies overhead. No sign of a typhoon...

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "Pit lane exit could be dangerous in Korea so FIA have installed a blue light system like in Monaco to warn drivers of approaching cars."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "They say to be careful what you wish for, and the grand prix drivers have been given a good example why in Korea this weekend. After three years of complaining that the pit exit was dangerous because it came out into the braking zone for Turn One, it has now been changed to push the drivers out after the first corner. But the new version has a huge bump just before 'Turn One in the pit lane' for want of a better way of putting it, and another just afterwards.

    "Jenson Button said: 'We wanted as drivers to have a different exit because it is completely blind and the idea is what we wanted but we didn't realise there was going to be a four-inch drop where the drain is that runs across the run-off area. So you run over that and lock all four wheels as you brake for the corner in the pit lane and when you come back on to the track there is a massive jump where a cone is. It's not very good really. I don't really know what we can do about it now, though. It's too late, I think we've just got to put up with the bumpiness and if we're racing here next year get it levelled out.'"

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    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    The BBC Radio 5 live team will be up and running on sports extra from 0255 BST, with Jonathan Legard, Gary Anderson and Jennie Gow onboard. You'll be able to listen to them via the link at the top right of this page.


    Caterham: First order of business on Saturday is the FP3 & qualifying briefing. All drivers, engineers, Team Manager and Chief Mechanic take part going through all the setup changes made to the cars overnight and the run-plan for FP3 and qualifying.

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    So third practice starts at 0300 BST and will last an hour. It's a final opportunity for teams and their drivers to fine tune their machines before qualifying later this morning. We'll also get a good idea about who is favourite for pole when they do their low fuel runs towards the end of the session. Qualifying follows at 0600.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "If anyone looks like they're going to beat Sebastian Vettel in Korea it is Lewis Hamilton. He cut a sunny figure after the sessions. 'The car feels great here,' he said. 'We look like we're competitive.' Team-mate Nico Rosberg added: 'Red Bull will be difficult to beat but it seems like we're looking better than Singapore.'"

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    So how many of you have woken up specially to watch third practice? And how many are just coming in from a night out? And more importantly, who is your tip for pole position? Force India reserve driver James Calado, who was acting as a BBC Radio 5 live analyst yesterday, has plumped for Lewis Hamilton - and I happen to agree. Tweet us using the #bbcf1 hashtag or if you prefer the humble text message, it's 81111 (UK only). Please do put your name on those messages, though.

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    The general feeling after practice was that pole position will be between Red Bull and Mercedes with Hamilton, Vettel, Rosberg and Webber separated by just 0.171 seconds. Hamilton and Vettel have five pole positions apiece, with Rosberg hovering up the other three, so it's not entirely surprising...

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "There is a different feel to this weekend than the previous two or three. In Spa, Monza and Singapore, it was pretty obvious from very early on that Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull were looking pretty close to unbeatable. In Korea, a race Vettel has won for the last two years, it does not seem so clear cut. The Mercedes were a match for Red Bull on one-lap pace on Friday and Lotus looked a threat on long runs. Vettel says he is expecting it to be 'very close this weekend with Mercedes'."

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    Lewis Hamilton has struggled to raise a smile after most Friday practice sessions this year, but yesterday, the Briton managed a grin after beating Sebastian Vettel and topping the timesheets in not one but both sessions.

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    Nico Rosberg

    Morning and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of final practice and qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix from Yeongam, three hours by KTX express train from capital city Seoul.

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    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton's hopes of winning this year's title are pretty remote - and he knows that. But that's not stopping him from taking the fight to championship leader Sebastian Vettel and at least trying to finish off the season with a couple more victories to add to his Hungarian Grand Prix triumph.

    The 2008 world champion's performance on Friday was, by his own admission, one of his best all season. Can he continue that form into today and snatch his sixth pole position of the year?

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 165
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 161
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 98
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 87
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 73
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 70
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 63
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 55
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 35
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 30
11 Mexico S Perez Force India 28
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 19
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 9
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 6
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0


After 52 of 52 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Finland V Bottas Williams
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Great Britain J Button McLaren
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
7 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
8 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
9 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
10 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
11 Mexico S Perez Force India
12 France R Grosjean Lotus
13 Germany A Sutil Sauber
14 France J Bianchi Marussia
15 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham
16 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
17 Venezuela P Maldonado (ret.) Lotus
18 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
19 Sweden M Ericsson (ret.) Caterham
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Brazil F Massa (ret.) Williams
22 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari

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