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Korean Grand Prix - Qualy
The Korean grand Prix is back again! It doesn't have a great history simply because it's been on the calendar only since 2010. But it does have a reputation for bad weather, and for completely digesting the tires. And so it is this weekend too! There's an uncertainty over the weather as meteorologists and teams expect rain from the typhoon Fitow passing through while there are some experts who say there will be very strong winds but will be a dry race throughout. Coming to the tires, Sebastian Vettel said in a post qulifying interview that the tires don't last very long. So, seems like we're in for quite a race!
As of today, qualifying session was completely dry and here are the results:
Set in Q3
1. Sebastain Vettel - 1:37.202
2. Lewis Hamilton - 1:37.420
3. Mark Webber - 1:37.464*
4. Romain Grosjean - 1:37.531
5. Nico Rosberg - 1:37.679
6. Fernando Alonso - 1:38.038
7. Felipe Massa - 1:38.223
8. Nico Hulkenberg - 1:38.237
9. Esteban Gutierrez - 1:38.405
10. Kimi Raikkonen - 1:38.822
Set in Q2
11. Sergio Perez - 1:38.362
12. Jenson Button - 1:38.365
13. Daniel Ricciardo - 1:38.417
14. Adrian Sutil - 1:38.431
15. Paul di Resta - 1:38.718
16. Jean-Eric Vergne - 1:38.781
Set in Q1
17. Valtteri Bottas - 1:39.470
18. Pastor Maldonado - 1:39.987
19. Charles Pic - 1:40.864
20. Giedo van der Garde - 1:40.871
21. Jules Bianchi - 1:41.169**
22. Max Chilton - 1:41.322
*Mark Webber has a 10 place grid penalty for this race.
**Jules Bianchi Shall receive a 3 place grid penalty for blocking Force India’s Paul di Resta.
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