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.DriversTeamsTimeLaps
01.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:37.88117
02.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:38.01817
03.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:38.31816
04.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:38.33215
05.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:38.48613
06.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:38.70119
07.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:38.81614
08.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:38.85717
09.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:38.96116
10.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:39.11414
11.Mexico Esteban GutiƩrrezSauber F11:39.12815
12.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:39.19616
13.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:39.20417
14.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:39.27415
15.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:39.32717
16.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:39.37119
17.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:39.66515
18.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:40.12817
19.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:41.36019
20.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:41.61420
21. France Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:41.64614
22. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:42.26717