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. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:39.630 20
02. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:39.667 20
03. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:39.816 19
04. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:40.117 20
05. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:40.215 22
06. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:40.374 18
07. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:40.396 19
08. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:40.677 15
09. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:40.860 20
10. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:40.880 13
11. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:40.899 20
12. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:41.432 18
13. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:41.482 22
14. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:41.626 21
15. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.924 19
16. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:42.002 20
17. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:42.043 18
18. United Kingdom James Calado Sahara Force India 1:43.008 21
19. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:43.660 20
20. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:43.883 19
21. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 1:44.100 14
22. Venezuela Rodolfo Gonzales Marussia F1 1:46.810 10