Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton had the edge over the Red Bull pairing of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber as practice got under way in Korea on Friday.

Lewis_Hamilton-Korean_GP-F01The Briton lapped in 1m 39.630s which proved quick enough to withstand a very late challenge from Sebastian Vettel, as the world champion pared down to 1m 39.667s to miss out by 0.037s. Mark Webber underlined the Red Bull threat with the third fastest time of 1m 39.816s.

Nico Rosberg ended the morning in fourth place in the second Mercedes on 1m 40.117s, ahead of late-improving Jenson Button on 1m 40.215s for McLaren and Fernando Alonso on 1m 40.374s for Ferrari.

Pos.DriversTeamsTimeLaps
01.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:39.63020
02.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:39.66720
03.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:39.81619
04.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:40.11720
05.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:40.21522
06.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:40.37418
07.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:40.39619
08.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:40.67715
09.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:40.86020
10.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:40.88013
11.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:40.89920
12.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:41.43218
13.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:41.48222
14.Mexico Esteban GutiérrezSauber F11:41.62621
15.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:41.92419
16.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:42.00220
17.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:42.04318
18.United Kingdom James CaladoSahara Force India1:43.00821
19.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:43.66020
20.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:43.88319
21.United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F11:44.10014
22.Venezuela Rodolfo GonzalesMarussia F11:46.81010