F1 2011 Korean Grand Prix: Hamilton sets practice pace

PUBLISHED: 09:34 14 October 2011 | UPDATED: 14:56 14 October 2011

Lewis Hamilton driving in the rain-hit Korean Grand Prix [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]

Lewis Hamilton driving in the rain-hit Korean Grand Prix [Picture courtesy of www.mclaren.com]


FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second practice for the 2011 Korean Grand Prix.

2011 Korean Grand Prix

Korea International Circuit Specifications

Top speed: 320km/h

Average speed: 205km/h

Pit straight length: 420m

Circuit length: 5.615km

Race length: 55 laps/309km

Number of corners: 18

Longest section at full throttle: 14.4sec/1,200m

The 26-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes ace from Hertfordshire was fastest in P2 this morning (Friday) around a drying Korean International Circuit in Yeongam.

Hamilton, the 2008 F1 world champion, clocked the quickest lap of the day with a 1m 50.828s to finish just ahead of McLaren colleague Jenson Button.

Japanese GP winner Button was second on the timesheets in second practice with a 1m 50.932s.

Michael Schumacher had earlier gone fastest for Mercedes GP in first practice on a wet track ahead of F1 world champion Sebastian Vettel for Red Bull.

With limited time out on track, Hamilton was seventh in rainy Korea with a 2m 03.391s in slippery conditions.

Before going out in P1, the McLaren pitwall told Hamilton and Button: “Conditions are pretty horrible out there, guys.”

Last year’s inaugural Korean GP was hit by rain and Hamilton eventually finished second.

* Video courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes.

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