Korea Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results

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An afternoon of in-depth setup work on both cars saw Kimi and Romain rack up the laps to bring their E20s home in P10 / P11 respectively ; the pair continuing their learning experience of the Korea International Circuit as preparations for Sunday’s race continued.

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position : P10
Fastest Lap : 1:39.839
Laps Completed : 26

Key Moments :
00mins : One lap dash to settle the car in ; fresh soft tyres to start the session
15mins : Begins a brief opening run ; further analysis of upgrades on the agenda
23mins : Sends sparks flying from the floor of his E20 ; wide onto the kerbs through T15
42mins : Remains on softs for the next stint ; setup analysis underway
60mins : First outing on the super soft tyre ; moves into the top 10 with just a handful of laps
80mins : Last run of the afternoon
90mins : Chequered flag ; P10 for the Finn


  • The updated Coanda style exhaust remained on Kimi’s car from the morning session as the team continued analysis and tweaking
  • Both the red marked super soft and yellow marked soft tyre compound were utilised by each car
  • A single minor interruption to proceedings came in the form of yellow flags after 40mins ; the Sauber of Sergio Perez stopping out on track

FP2 Times:

Pos  Driver               Car                   Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m38.832s            33
 2.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m38.864s  + 0.032s  33
 3.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m39.160s  + 0.328s  28
 4.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.219s  + 0.387s  29
 5.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes              1m39.330s  + 0.498s  31
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m39.422s  + 0.590s  30
 7.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m39.584s  + 0.752s  36
 8.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.717s  + 0.885s  25
 9.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1m39.739s  + 0.907s  33
10.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m39.839s  + 1.007s  26
11.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m39.957s  + 1.125s  28
12.  Bruno Senna          Williams-Renault      1m40.089s  + 1.257s  32
13.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m40.112s  + 1.280s  34
14.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.445s  + 1.613s  28
15.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.745s  + 1.913s  11
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m40.789s  + 1.957s  31
17.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m40.997s  + 2.165s  32
18.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m41.200s  + 2.368s  33
19.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault      1m41.602s  + 2.770s  23
20.  Timo Glock           Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.596s  + 3.764s  28
21.  Vitaly Petrov        Caterham-Renault      1m43.067s  + 4.235s  21
23.  Charles Pic          Marussia-Cosworth     1m43.636s  + 4.804s  22
22.  Narain Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth          1m43.869s  + 5.037s  36
24.  Pedro de la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth          1m44.533s  + 5.701s  24

Friday team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 10th: “The circuit is okay; it’s surprisingly bumpy in some parts but it’s quite different from other places we race. It’s difficult for me to say about the exhaust until I’ve sat down with the engineers and gone through the data. We’ll try to improve the car for tomorrow as it wasn’t very easy to drive and get a good lap today. Let’s see if we can get it completely right and maybe we can be in the top five in qualifying.”

Alan Permane, Lotus trackside operations director: “We ran the Coanda exhaust system on Kimi’s car for both sessions. Romain ran with the Singapore generation rear wing for evaluation at the start of FP1, swapping to the Japan spec rear wing for the remainder of the day. Pirelli’s soft compound tyre was used in the morning, the soft and super soft in the afternoon. The Coanda exhaust performed as expected aerodynamically. Heavy fuel balance and tyre degradation levels were both promising.”

James Allison, Lotus technical director: “We’re happy with how the new exhaust worked from a performance perspective and now need to assess if there are any potential reliability implications due to the hot exhaust gas running in different areas than usual. Early impressions are certainly good and we expect to retain it for the rest of the weekend with Kimi. Both drivers learnt the circuit very quickly. Romain complained of a little too much oversteer and with Kimi there’s still potential with the setup, especially as we learn more about the new exhaust. Both drivers reported that they were very happy with the balance of the car when on high fuel loads and degradation levels look manageable from the tyres so it’s been a productive first day.”

FP1 Report:

Race simulations and intensive analysis of the latest upgrade package for the E20 formed the order of the day here at the Korea International Circuit, as Kimi and Romain finished the first practice session of the weekend in P11 / P8 respectively.

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position: P11
Fastest Lap: 1:40.929
Laps Completed: 14

Key Moments:
00mins: Install lap on soft tyres
01mins: Runs very deep into T4; first ever lap of the circuit and plenty of learning to do
40mins: Opening stint on soft tyres; analysis of new upgrades for the E20 the priority during a short first run
82mins: Second and final outing of the morning; improves to move just outside the top 10
90mins: Chequered flag; P11 for the Finn


  • Kimi and Romain took to the Korea International Circuit for the very first time
  • Warm, dry and bright conditions with a stiff cool breeze remained throughout the session
  • An extremely dusty track caused frequent tyre lock-ups and wide lines throughout the field
  • The yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyre was used exclusively on both cars
  • The team ran its new Coanda style exhaust system on Kimi’s car throughout the session; conducting extensive analysis of the new development
  • Both drivers carried out practice pit stops to end their final runs

FP1 Times:

Pos  Driver               Car                   Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.148s            23
 2.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m39.450s  + 0.302s  21
 3.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m39.575s  + 0.427s  21
 4.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m39.854s  + 0.706s  23
 5.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m40.088s  + 0.940s  21
 6.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes              1m40.221s  + 1.073s  21
 7.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m40.396s  + 1.248s  24
 8.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m40.422s  + 1.274s  22
 9.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m40.440s  + 1.292s  19
10.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.480s  + 1.332s  21
11.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m40.929s  + 1.781s  14
12.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m41.048s  + 1.900s  25
13.  Jules Bianchi        Force India-Mercedes  1m41.140s  + 1.992s  21
14.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.220s  + 2.072s  19
15.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari        1m41.514s  + 2.366s  20
16.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m41.596s  + 2.448s  23
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m42.021s  + 2.873s  25
18.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m42.027s  + 2.879s  23
19.  Heikki Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault      1m42.104s  + 2.956s  24
20.  Timo Glock           Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.175s  + 3.027s  13
21.  Charles Pic          Marussia-Cosworth     1m42.706s  + 3.558s  22
22.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m42.820s  + 3.672s  19
23.  Pedro de la Rosa     HRT-Cosworth          1m44.517s  + 5.369s  23
24.  Dani Clos            HRT-Cosworth          1m45.735s  + 6.587s  22


Lotus to keep Coanda-exhausts

Lotus is set to keep its new Coanda-effect exhaust system on the car for the rest of the Korean Grand Prix.

The new package was initially trialled on Kimi Raikkonen’s car in Yeongam practice.

Lotus technical director James Allison underlined that the upgrade was far from optimised, but indicated it would stay on the car into the weekend.

“We’re reasonably happy with the way they are working,” he said.

“We are at the beginning of a relatively long road with them. It’s not straightforward to make them work from the start, but numbers we got are good so we are quite pleased.”

Asked if Lotus would keep the exhausts on for Saturday, Allison replied: “I think so, yeah. We haven’t decided yet but it looks like we will.”

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