by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
GP Week : Issue 171
With just 11 laps on the board in FP2, Perez pulled aside when he suffered an engine management problem. Kobayashi, meanwhile, was unhappy with the balance of his car on low fuel and neither Sauber made it into Q3. Kobayashi’s race was ruined when a collision with Button and Rosberg at Turn 3 resulted in a drive- through penalty and he eventually opted to retire. Perez chose Primes for his first stint but an opposing strategy didn’t pay off this time; the young Mexican took 11th, but was within touching distance of tenth-placed Hamilton at the line. Kovalainen struggled to optimise his Caterham CT01 and lined-up 19th for the start of the race. In contrast, Petrov was delighted with his qualifying performance. He recorded a time that was good enough for 18th on the grid and was over a second quicker than the lead Marussia. It was a relatively straightforward race, as both drivers finished well clear of their main rivals. Kovalainen found a good rhythm on the Primes to finish 17th and, despite losing ground to his team-mate at the start, Petrov later regained track position to take 16th. Ricciardo arrived in Korea having scored points in three of the last four races and both he and his team-mate Vergne continued to net points for Toro Rosso in Korea. Young Aussie, Ricciardo, and Vergne both squeezed through to Q2 but went no further; Ricciardo lost drive, bringing out the yellow flags, and was demoted to 21st for a gearbox change. Ricciardo drove solidly and was up as high as eighth until he was slowed by a braking issue with ten laps to go. This ultimately led to Vergne charging past for eighth to equal his career-best finish. De la Rosa ran a new rear-wing in FP2 and reported small gains in the F112’s aerodynamic performance, although HRT was surprised by its lack of pace relative to its main rivals on raceday. Karthikeyan’s qualifying was blighted by an undisclosed mechanical issue and the Indian driver failed to record a time, but finished the race down in 20th. A throttle-pedal issue forced De la Rosa to retire on lap 17. Williams felt vulnerable throughout the weekend, which was demonstrated when its drivers opted to run super softs in the first part of qualifying to ensure it featured in Q2. Maldonado lined-up 16th for the start of the grand prix, just ahead of Senna and, while the pairing made some gains during the race, they still ended up outside of the points in 14th and 15th places respectively. It was a tough weekend for Marussia. Both Glock and Pic complained about their cars’ behaviour throughout Friday practice and took on new steering racks as a result. The misery continued for Pic in qualifying as he was penalised with a ten-place grid-drop for taking on his ninth engine of the season. From the back of the grid, Pic lost significant chunks of time behind the slower HRT cars in the opening stint to finish 19th. Glock was more than one second slower than the Caterhams over a single lap in qualifying but ran well during the race to finish 18th and just four seconds adrift of Kovalainen, despite being off the pace in sector one due to the lack of KERS. Sauber Caterham Toro Rosso HRT Williams Marussia TEAM-BY-TEAM: KOREAN GRAND PRIX 35 GPWEEK.com // 35 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA