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Vettel tops charts in final Korean practice

The German keeps building momentum ahead of qualifying. Both McLaren drivers, Hamilton and Button, clocked second and third best times respectively.
Saturday, October 13, 2012

Yeongam, South Korea, Oct 13, 2012 (AFP) - Sebastian Vettel topped the time charts in final practice at the Korean Grand Prix on Saturday, with his world championship rival Fernando Alonso more than a second off the pace.

The Red Bull of Vettel is four points behind the Ferrari man going into Sunday's race, after which there are just four grand prix left in what has been a highly unpredictable season. But the German has the momentum.

He was fastest in second practice on Friday and sent out another ominous warning in the third and final practice when he clocked a best time of one minute 37.642 seconds.

Alonso was only sixth-fastest, 1.063 seconds off, while McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton registered the second-quickest time, 0.527 slower than reigning double world champion Vettel.

The fellow McLaren and Briton Jenson Button was third-fastest, followed by Romain Grosjean in a Lotus, Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso. Vettel's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, second-fastest on Friday, was seventh.

Below the times for the session:

Pos Driver Team Times Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.642 17
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.169 0.527 12
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.511 0.869 13
4 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:38.582 0.940 16
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:38.666 1.024 18
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.705 1.063 12
7 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.766 1.124 7
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.791 1.149 13
9 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.833 1.191 16
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:38.932 1.290 17
11 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.954 1.312 17
12 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.010 1.368 20
13 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:39.150 1.508 18
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.156 1.514 18
15 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.345 1.703 14
16 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.448 1.806 17
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.537 1.895 18
18 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:39.706 2.064 18
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:41.114 3.472 14
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:41.437 3.795 19
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.684 4.042 16
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.062 4.420 15
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:42.845 5.203 15
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.882 5.240 14

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