Having been second best to Mercedes on Friday, Red Bull underlined their status as favourites by heading the final practice session in Korea on Saturday morning.

Sebastian_Vettel-Korean_GP-Q01Championship-leader Sebastian Vettel edged team mate Mark Webber by just 0.137s to top the timesheets, with the Mercedes pairing of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton third and fourth fastest respectively.

In a relatively quiet session in which the leading runners switched late to Pirelli’s supersoft rubber, first Webber then Vettel deposed Hamilton who had set the fastest time of 1m 38.860s on the medium tyres. Webber did 1m 38.132s then 1m 38.018s, but Vettel settled the issue in his own favour with a lap of 1m 37.881s. The German had one slightly dusty moment when he had to go wide to go around a slower car, but otherwise it was smooth sailing for the world champion.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:37.881 17
02. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:38.018 17
03. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:38.318 16
04. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:38.332 15
05. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.486 13
06. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:38.701 19
07. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:38.816 14
08. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:38.857 17
09. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:38.961 16
10. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.114 14
11. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:39.128 15
12. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:39.196 16
13. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:39.204 17
14. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:39.274 15
15. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.327 17
16. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:39.371 19
17. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:39.665 15
18. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:40.128 17
19. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:41.360 19
20. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:41.614 20
21. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:41.646 14
22. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:42.267 17