F1: Korean Grand Prix Preview
The races come thick and fast now with this weekends Korean Grand Prix being the first of back to back races and with it comes the early mornings! We’ll take a look back to the Singapore Grand Prix, a look forward to Korea and see if the title challenge is realistically over.
Singapore F1 Recap
Well, Singapore really was the Sebastian Vettel show wasn’t it? Vettel was absolutely untouchable both Saturday and Sunday and seemed to have a second or two more pace than anyone else on track. After the start and subsequent safety car restart, it only took a couple of laps for Vettel to have a commanding advantage and without that safety car intervention, he would surely have lapped most of the field by the end of the race.
A special mention should also go out to Kimi Raikkonen, struggling with a bad back and failing to get into Q3, the Finn managed to get himself on the podium which no-one really saw coming. Hopefully he’ll be recovered by Korea as the Lotus did have some form.
Korean Grand Prix Preview
The Korea International Circuit is a very difficult track for both the drivers and the technical team. Being split into three distinct parts, each with a very different challenge means setting up the car is tricky. With so many demands, we may see a large split between the front runners and midfield with no qualification surprises unless it rains. The first part of the track has long straights and slow corners, the middle, fast corners and then a sort of street circuit.
The good news is that Hamilton came out on top in both Friday practice sessions so Vettel dominance isn’t a certainty yet and there are currently storms forecast for qualifying and rain for the race so anything can happen. This might really be the race we have been waiting for since the summer break with some genuine excitement and unpredictability.
Vettel is currently 60 points clear of Alonso and 96 ahead of Hamilton with 150 still to play for so realistically only Alonso is going to be able to catch the young German. Two wins for Alonso coupled with DNF’s for Vettel would make the season finale really interesting and if it does rain on Sunday, the odds for Vettel making a mistake would increase.
It seems to be when there is rain, the commentary team will label at least 5 drivers who are “masters in the wet” and the criteria only seems to be that they performed once on a wet Sunday. I would have Alonso, Hamilton and Button down for my top performers in the rain and I can’t wait to see who comes out on top.
- Lewis Hamilton
- Sebastian Vettel
- Fernando Alonso
- Nico Rosberg
- Nico Hulkenberg
A heavy German contingent in my prediction but I believe Hamilton will win whether it’s wet or dry and Hulkenberg is my punt for a top 5 finish if it’s a wet race.
The Korean Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on the BBC, here are the times:
Qualifying – Green light – 06:00
Sky F1 – 05:00 – 17:45
Sky F1 – 12:00 – 14:45 (replay)
BBC 1 – 13:15 – 14:30 (highlights)
Race – Lights out – 07:00
Sky F1 – 05:30 – 10:15
Sky F1 – 11:30 – 16:15 (replay)
BBC 1 – 14:00 – 16:00 (highlights)
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