Hamilton stays fastest in second practice
4 October 2013 – Lewis Hamilton remained quickest during second practice for the Korean Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. The Mercedes driver, who delivered a 1:38.673 on Pirelli's Super Soft tyre compound, led Red Bull rival Sebastian Vettel by just over one tenth of a second, with team-mate Nico Rosberg rounding out the top three.
Amid similarly pleasant conditions to the opening 90 minute session, the drivers wasted little time in heading out this afternoon. Following initial runs on the Medium tyre, the switch to the softer rubber arrived at the half-hour mark, with Mercedes and Red Bull again closely matched en route to locking out positions one to four.
Although Vettel was the last of the frontrunners to switch to the softer tyres, the reigning World Champion could not match Hamilton's speed and wound up 0.108 seconds in arrears. Rosberg and Mark Webber followed closely, setting up the prospect of a thrilling battle for the front two rows of the grid tomorrow afternoon.
Felipe Massa was best of the rest for Ferrari, ahead of Lotus' Romain Grosjean and team-mate Fernando Alonso. After crashing heavily this morning, Kimi Räikkönen's mechanics did a stellar job to repair his E21 in time for FP2, but the Finn complained of steering issues and wound up over a second off the ultimate pace in eighth.
McLaren's Jenson Button and Force India driver Adrian Sutil rounded out the top ten, with team-mates Paul di Resta and Sergio Pérez following in 11th and 12th places. The Sauber, Toro Rosso and Williams drivers paired up to complete the midfield.
Giedo van der Garde this time led the battle at the back of the grid for Caterham, outpacing team-mate Charles Pic – who spun wildly in the closing stages – by 0.337 seconds. Jules Bianchi got the better of Max Chilton for honours at Marussia.
Saturday's third practice session at the Korea International Circuit begins at 11am local time (GMT +9) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature