Yeongam, 5 October – The starting grid for the Korean Grand Prix was decided in the final moments of the session. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sixth and seventh fastest respectively, but they will both start from the third row, because of the grid penalty that Webber, third fastest, picked up in Singapore.
In Q1, the two Ferrari men made a first run on the Medium tyres, Alonso doing five laps and Felipe four. With three minutes remaining, the F138s went out again on Supersofts for a final lap, Fernando securing fourth place in 1.38.520 and Felipe tenth in 1.38.884.
In Q2, both men started on the same set of tyres with which they had finished Q1, before going out with a fresh set of Supersofts: Fernando was sixth in 1.37.978, while Felipe was eighth in 1.38.295.
For Massa and Alonso, qualifying at the Yeongam track ended with a single run in Q3 on the last fresh set of Supersofts. Fernando’s time was a 1.38.038, while Felipe did a 1.38.223. Pole position went tol Sebastian Vettel who did a 1.37.202 in the Red Bull.
Korean GP – Keeping an eye on the tyres
Yeongam, 5 October – Fernando Alonso (1.38.486) and Felipe Massa (1.38.816) took their Ferraris to fifth and seventh places respectively in the final free practice session for the Korean Grand Prix, which starts tomorrow at 15h00 at the Yeongam circuit. The track conditions were slightly better today as Sebastian Vettel went quickest in 1.37.881, ahead of his Red Bull team-mate, Mark Webber (1.38.018) and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes (1.38.318.) Both Ferrari men did two runs, starting with the Medium tyre and then trying the Supersofts, as they worked on a qualifying set-up, while paying close attention to tyre degradation, which is particularly high here, especially on the fronts.