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GP Korea 2013 (Practice 1): Hamilton sets first best time

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GP Korea 2013 (Training 1)
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L ewis Hamilton set the first best time in Korea -Weekend secured. The Mercedes driver lapped the 5.615-kilometer route from Yeongam on Friday (October 4th, 2013) in 1: 39.630 minutes. But everything did not go smoothly for the British. In his first fast laps, Hamilton made a wild spin. Suddenly the Mercedes was on the train against the direction of travel. Fortunately, Mark Webber was able to avoid it.

Raikkonen with a violent crash

However, Kimi Raikkonen provided the most spectacular scene of the opening session. Shortly before the end of the training session, the Finn lost control of his Lotus in the target corner. The iceman slipped into the gang and badly damaged his car. Luckily Raikkonen was able to get out of his Lotus without any injuries and run back to the pits.

In the relatively little informative time table, Sebastian Vettel came in second behind Hamilton. Mark Webber in the second Red Bull finished third, almost two tenths behind. Nico Rosberg in the second Silver Arrow recorded the fourth fastest time. So it looks once again like a duel between Red Bull and Mercedes.

McLaren up front

Surprising McLaren presented itself strongly in the first training session. Jenson Button drove the fifth fastest lap - just six tenths behind the fastest time. Sergio Perez was in 9th place. Fernando Alonso in 6th place and the two Lotus drivers Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen in 7th and 8th place.

Behind Felipe Massa, Nico Hülkenberg landed in the Sauber in position 11. The Rhinelander complained in the first practice session that the car was set too low. With Sauber there is still room for improvement. Adrian Sutil came in 12th in Force India, right behind Hülkenberg.

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