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GP Week : Issue 191
daniel Ricciardo and jean-Eric vergne – Toro Rosso In a repeat of their 2012 fortunes (or lack thereof) in Korea, both Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne fell at the final hurdle by brake failure that plagued both cars. The Toro Rosso pair looked to be on course to finish in the points after difficult qualifying and practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, but Ricciardo’s race ended when his front left brake duct and caliper exploded. The team then retired Vergne as a precautionary measure when he reported tracking issues on the following lap. “W ith two laps to go, we had a mechanical issue on [Ricciardo’s] car which we will investigate when we get it back,” team principal Franz Tost said. “Jev had a harder afternoon, starting from further back and – after making up a few places – the heavy traffic in the back of the field meant he had higher tyre degradation. We decided to switch him to a three- stop strategy, but in the end we had to retire him with what might be a similar problem to Daniel’s car.” Adrian Sutil – Force India Adrian Sutil lost out on the first lap when Felipe Massa’s Turn 3 spin forced the majority of the field into a narrow gap. In the ensuing chaos, Sutil’s front wing was damaged and he was forced to pit for repairs. After a decent fightback, the German racer lost control of his Force India under braking at Turn 3 after the first Safety Car restart, collecting Mark Webber in an incident that would lead to the second Safety Car of the afternoon. “At the restart I lost the rear of the car under braking for Turn 3,” explained Sutil. “I really don’t know why because I was not braking late and the car just snapped. I hit Webber, so I apologise for ending his race. It’s a disappointing end to the race because I believe there was still a chance of a point.” Paul di Resta – Force India A difficult qualifying session, which saw Paul di Resta impeded in the final stages of Q1 and starting 15th on the grid as a consequence, the Korean Grand Prix was always going to be difficult. Adding to the pressure was a series of four consecutive retirements for the Scot, a tally he was desperate to avoid adding to. But the pressure got to him, and in a desperate attempt to charge through the pack the Scot made an error at Turn 12, ending his race in the process. “I have to hold my hands up and apologise to the team" said a circumspect di Resta. Maybe I took a little bit too much kerb and that’s sent me off the track. The way we’ve set the car up means it has been quite edgy and difficult to drive, and that’s what has caught me out today, although whether it has cost us points is hard to say." Mark Webber – Red Bull Going into the weekend with a ten-grid penalty hanging over his head, Mark Webber had to qualify well to minimise the impact on his race. When his third on Saturday became 13th on Sunday, the Red Bull driver did well to stay in the hunt until running over debris caused by a tyre blowout from Sergio Perez's McLaren. At the restart, Webber was collected by Adrian Sutil when his Force India snapped sideways under braking, and the resulting damage to his radiator caused Webber's RB9 to catch fire. “There was a KERS fire immediately and it got quite heavy quite quickly, so it's good that the fire guys weren't too far away,” Mark said. “I would have liked to have got somewhere a bit closer to an extinguisher but I wanted to get out myself. I tried to put it out with an extinguisher in the car. I did what I could to get back up to third or fourth and have a good fight with Kimi towards the end of the race, but I picked up a Pirelli puncture off [the debris from] a Pirelli tyre. It's pretty impressive.” Down and out in Yeongam 36 GPWEEK.com // 36 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: F1 >>> KOREA