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Hamilton on top in first practice in Korea

Once again the Briton showed his speed. Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber clocked second and third best times respectively.
Friday, October 12, 2012

Yeongam, South Korea, Oct 12, 2012 (AFP) - Briton's Lewis Hamilton fired a warning shot to world championship leader Fernando Alonso on Friday, clocking the fastest time in the first practice at the Korean Grand Prix.

The McLaren man, who is fourth in the drivers' standings, forty-two points behind the Ferrari of Alonso, was 0.302 seconds faster than the Spaniard, who was second quickest under cool but sunny conditions.

Hamilton, who will quit McLaren for Mercedes next season, badly needs a win on Sunday to stay in the championship hunt.

Sebastian Vettel, second in the overall standings going into the race in Korea, was fifth-fastest, 0.940 seconds off Hamilton's time of one minute 39.148 seconds.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber registered the third fastest time of the session, followed by Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.

The Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg came home with the sixth and seventh best times respectively at a sparse Korea International Circuit in Yeongam.

Much-maligned Frenchman Romain Grosjean, who incurred the wrath of the Australian Webber last week in Japan after they collided, clocked the eight-fastest time.

Below the times for the session:

Pos Driver Team Times Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.148 23
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.450 0.302 21
3 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.575 0.427 21
4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.854 0.706 23
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.088 0.940 21
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.221 1.073 21
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:40.396 1.248 24
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:40.422 1.274 22
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:40.440 1.292 19
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.480 1.332 21
11 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:40.929 1.781 14
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:41.048 1.900 25
13 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1:41.140 1.992 21
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.220 2.072 19
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.514 2.366 20
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:41.596 2.448 23
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:42.021 2.873 25
18 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:42.027 2.879 23
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:42.104 2.956 24
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.175 3.027 13
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.706 3.558 22
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:42.820 3.672 19
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:44.517 5.369 23
24 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1:45.735 6.587 22
   

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