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22px-Flag of South Korea  2010 Korean Grand Prix
Race details
Race 17 of 19 in the 2010 Formula One season
Korea international circuit v2
Date October 24, 2010
Official name Korean Grand Prix
Location Yeongam, South Jeolla, South Korea
Course Korean International Circuit
5.615[1] km (3.489 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 55 laps, 308.630 km (191.774 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Rain
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
Time 1:35.585
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Time 1:50.257 on lap 42
Podium
First 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari
Second 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Third 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari

The 2010 Korean Grand Prix was the seventeenth round of the 2010 Formula One season. It took place at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, South Jeolla, South Korea on 24 October 2010.[2] This was the first Formula One race to be held in South Korea.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso won the race to retake the drivers' championship lead after Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel retired on lap 46 from a race-leading position, due to engine failure.[3] Alonso claimed the championship lead from Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber, as Webber spun out of the race on lap 19 and collected Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in a resultant collision. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and the other Ferrari of Felipe Massa completed the podium in a race that was delayed – and eventually suspended for 45 minutes – due to persistent rain at the circuit.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Following increased hostilities between North Korea and South Korea in the wake of the ROKS sinking of the South Korean corvette Cheonan in March 2010, Bernie Ecclestone had declared that the race would be in jeopardy if political tensions continued to escalate, and would be abandoned in the event that the army crossed the border.[4] On 27 September 2010, Ecclestone expressed doubts that the circuit would be ready despite the tarmac having been laid. A final inspection of the circuit took place on 11 October,[5] with the FIA's Charlie Whiting certifying the circuit was ready on 12 October.[2] As the topmost layer of the surface was only completed ten days before the race, the oils and bitumen chemicals in the tarmac did not have time to be scoured away by the elements, leading circuit designer Hermann Tilke to predict the surface would be slippery, making the race challenging for drivers and exciting for fans.[6] The slippery surface was evident when safety car driver Bernd Mayländer slid off the circuit while driving installation laps.

Following the Japanese Grand Prix, five drivers remained in contention for the title. However, as they finished behind rivals Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso, the McLarens of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton remain more than 25 points behind championship leader Webber, meaning they are slowly falling behind in the title race.

Free PracticeEdit

Other than the general complaint of a dirty track surface due to the asphalt being laid out recently, the layout of the Korean International Circuit received generally positive reviews with many drivers enjoying lapping the circuit. Renault's Robert Kubica commented that while the first sector is "boring", the track layout as a whole is "10 times better than Abu Dhabi".[7] Michael Schumacher praised the demanding nature of the track and admitted to being "pleasantly surprised" with the track.[8] While the last corner of the track was liked by many drivers,[8] they were also quick to criticise the dangerous pit lane entry that the last corner leads to.[7] After discussions with FIA race director Charlie Whiting, it was confirmed that a few areas of the track will undergo some tweaks to address the concerns of the drivers, including the final corner and turn 16.[9]

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:37.123 1:36.074 1:35.585 1
2 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:37.373 1:36.039 1:35.659 2
3 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.144 1:36.287 1:35.766 3
4 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.113 1:36.197 1:36.062 4
5 4 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.708 1:36.791 1:36.535 5
6 7 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.515 1:36.169 1:36.571 6
7 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.123 1:37.064 1:36.731 7
8 11 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica Renault 1:37.703 1:37.179 1:36.824 8
9 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:37.980 1:37.077 1:36.950 9
10 9 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:38.257 1:37.511 1:36.998 10
11 10 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:38.115 1:37.620 11
12 23 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.429 1:37.643 12
13 22 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.171 1:37.715 13
14 14 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.572 1:37.783 14
15 12 25px-Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:38.174 1:37.799 20
16 17 22px-Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:38.583 1:37.853 15
17 16 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:38.621 1:38.594 16
18 15 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:38.955 17
19 18 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:40.521 18
20 24 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:40.748 19
21 19 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:41.768 21
22 25 25px-Brazilflag Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.325 22
23 20 Flag-of-japansmall Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:42.444 23
24 21 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:43.283 24

Notes:

  1. Template:Note – Renault's Vitaly Petrov was given a retroactive five-place grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident with Williams' Nico Hülkenberg at the start of the Japanese Grand Prix.[10]

Race Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Ferrari 55 2:48:20.810 3 25
2 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 55 +14.999 4 18
3 7 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 55 +30.868 6 15
4 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Mercedes 55 +39.688 9 12
5 11 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica Renault 55 +47.734 8 10
6 15 22px-Flag of Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 55 +53.571 17 8
7 9 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 55 +1:09.257 10 6
8 23 Flag-of-japansmall Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1:17.889 12 4
9 22 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1:20.107 13 2
10 10 Flag of Germany Nico Hülkenberg Williams-Cosworth 55 +1:20.851 11 1
11 17 22px-Flag of Spain Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +1:24.146 15
12 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1:29.939 7
13 19 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 21
14 21 25px-Brazilflag Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 24
15 20 Flag-of-japansmall Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 23
Ret 14 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 46 Collision 14
Ret 5 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 45 Engine 1
Ret 12 25px-Flag of Russia Vitaly Petrov Renault 39 Accident 20
Ret 24 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 31 Collision 19
Ret 16 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 30 Collision 16
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 25 Collision Damage 18
Ret 25 25px-Brazilflag Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 25 Accident 22
Ret 6 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18 Accident 2
Ret 4 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Mercedes 18 Collision 5

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 231
2 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber 220
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 210
4 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel 206
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 189
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 426
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 399
3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 374
4 Flag of Germany Mercedes 188
5 22px-Flag of France Renault 143
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Circuit Map" (PDF). fia.com. Yeongam: Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2010-10-20. http://fia.com/en-GB/mediacentre/f1_media/Documents/kor-circuit.pdf. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Noble, Jonathan (2010-10-12). "Korean Grand Prix gets FIA go-ahead". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/87421. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  3. Rae, Richard (2010-10-24). "Fernando Alonso wins Korean Grand Prix from Lewis Hamilton". BBC Sport (BBC). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9121727.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-24. 
  4. Noble, Jonathan (2010-05-28). "Ecclestone hopes Austin is here to stay". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/83930. Retrieved 2010-05-29. 
  5. "F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone worries for Korean Grand Prix". BBC Sport (BBC). 27 September 2010. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9034407.stm. Retrieved 27 September 2010. 
  6. Noble, Jonathan (2010-10-20). "Q & A: Hermann Tilke on Korean GP". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/87545. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Holt, Sarah (2010-10-22). "F1 drivers criticise 'dangerous' new Korea track". BBC Sport (Korean International Circuit, Yeongam: BBC). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9118137.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 Collantine, Keith (2010-10-22). "Drivers give thumbs-up to Korean F1 track – apart from the pit lane entrance". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/10/22/drivers-give-thumbs-up-to-korean-f1-track-apart-from-the-pit-lane-entrance/. Retrieved 2010-10-23. 
  9. Noble, Jonathan (2010-10-22). "Tweaks to be made to Korean track". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/87625. Retrieved 2010-10-22. 
  10. Rae, Richard (2010-10-10). "Vettel leads Red Bull one-two in Japan Grand Prix". BBC Sport (BBC). http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/motorsport/formula_one/9077618.stm. Retrieved 2010-10-23. "Afterwards, race stewards handed Petrov a five-place grid penalty for the next race in Korea after ruling that he had caused the collision." 

See alsoEdit

Previous race:
2010 Japanese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2010 season
Next race:
2010 Brazilian Grand Prix
Previous race:
None
Korean Grand Prix Next race:
2011 Korean Grand Prix

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