Red Bull to the fore in FP2

Red Bull Racing charged to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session ahead of this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix.
  
Having taken third and fifth places respectively in the opening session, Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel found more pace in the afternoon, with Vettel moving to the top of the standings and Webber finishing just three hundredths of a second behind his team-mate in second place. 
 

Hamilton on top in FP1

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton set the fastest lap on Friday morning as practice got under way at the Korea International Circuit. Hamilton set the time of 1:39.148 in the final seconds of the session, narrowly extending the advantage he already had.
  

Race Preview

Round 16 of the 2012 Formula One championship sees the teams make a relatively short journey from Suzuka across to the South Korean port city of Mokpo and the nearby Korean International Circuit.
 

Vettel wins in Japan

Sebastian Vettel took pole, fastest lap and a lights-to-flag victory at Suzuka.
 
The win, Vettel’s third in four years at Suzuka, leaves him just four points adrift in the Drivers’ Championship after Fernando Alonso crashed out of the race at the first corner. Vettel was followed to the chequered flag by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who took his first podium in two years, and Kamui Kobayashi. The third place for the Sauber driver was his first podium, and made him the first Japanese driver to stand on the F1 podium here since Aguri Suzuki in 1990.

Red Bulls rampant

Sebastian Vettel took a dominant pole position at Suzuka and Mark Webber was second as Red Bull recorded their first front-row lockout since last year’s Brazilian Grand Prix.
 
After topping the timesheet in the final free practice session on Saturday morning, Vettel set about confirming his dominance in qualifying. He was content with a single run in Q1, and another in Q2. His first effort in Q3 set the benchmark of 1:30.839. It was not bettered and he duly collected his fourth consecutive pole at Suzuka. 
 

Vettel surges ahead in FP3

Sebastian Vettel did his chances of claiming a fourth consecutive Japanese Grand Prix pole position no harm this morning with a convincing run to the top of the timesheet in the final free practice session ahead of qualifying at Suzuka.
  

McLaren and Red Bull lead the way

Jenson Button went fastest in FP1 but Mark Webber claimed top spot in the afternoon.
 

Race Preview

After the bright lights of the Singapore Grand Prix and a win for Sebastian Vettel that reignites the defending champion’s challenge for the 2012 drivers’ title, Formula One continues its Far-Eastern trek with a visit to one of the sport’s truly classic circuits – Suzuka in Japan. 
 

Vettel shines in Singapore

Sebastian Vettel prospered from Lewis Hamilton’s mechanical failure, to record his second victory of the season.
 
The Red Bull Racing driver led over the line from Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso. As a result Vettel rises from fourth in the Drivers’ Championship standings to second place. Kimi Räikkönen remains third after finishing the Singapore Grand Prix in sixth position.
 

Hamilton takes pole in Singapore

Lewis Hamilton took a surprisingly dominant pole position as Sebastian Vettel had to settle for third.
 
It was the McLaren driver’s 24th career pole, though Vettel had been heavily favoured, having finished top of the timesheets in each of the three practice sessions. The Red Bull driver, however, had no answer to Hamilton in Q3, and was over half a second off the pace. The reigning World Champion was even pushed back to third by the charging Williams of Pastor Maldonado. 
  

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