October 05, 2013

F1 Quals: Korea 2013

If you have any doubt about the results of today's Qualifying session for the 2013 Grand Prix of Korea, you've clearly not been following Formula 1 lately.  Here's the provisional grid:

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Hannibal Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.683 1:37.569 1:37.202
2 Shiv Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.574 1:37.824 1:37.420
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.138 1:37.840 1:37.464
4 Lettuce Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.065 1:38.076 1:37.531
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.418 1:38.031 1:37.679
6 HWMNBN Ferrari 1:38.520 1:37.978 1:38.038
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.884 1:38.295 1:38.223
8 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.427 1:37.913 1:38.237
9 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.725 1:38.327 1:38.405
10 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:38.341 1:38.181 1:38.822
11 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.049 1:38.362
12 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.882 1:38.365
13 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:38.525 1:38.417
14 Adrian F'n Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.988 1:38.431
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.185 1:38.718
16 Jules Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.075 1:38.781
17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.470

18 I Don't Care Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.987

19 Charles ToothPic Caterham-Renault 1:40.864

20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:40.871

21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.169

22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.322


Oh look, Hannibal Vettel is on pole.  I never saw that coming.  Not only was the Red Bull the fastest through the twistybits, but it was also fastest through the speed trap, too.  Just what we need, huh?  Don't look for rain to save us, either.  Now the forecasters are saying that the rain, at best, will soak the track in the morning, then stop well before the race begins.  Yeesh.

We'll see you Sunday for the F1U!... hopefully it'll be worth writing about!

Posted by: Wonderduck at 02:55 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 How the mighty have fallen. McLaren didn't even get one car into Q3?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at October 05, 2013 08:29 PM (+rSRq)

2 Nope.  They couldn't get the tires to work for them.

Posted by: Wonderduck at October 05, 2013 09:44 PM (VhbIQ)

3 Instapundit linked to this article about Vettel:
Is Red Bull using a secret, illegal traction control system?

Posted by: Mauser at October 06, 2013 05:46 PM (TJ7ih)

4 There's an easier explanation: Red Bull's traction control system explained.

Posted by: Wonderduck at October 06, 2013 06:22 PM (VhbIQ)

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