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The 2010 Korean Grand Prix, formally known as the 2010 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix, (alternately the 2010 포뮬러 1 한국 그랑프리 or the 2010 Pomyulleo 1 Hangug Geulangpeuli in Korean) was the seventeenth round of the 2010 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongham, South Jeolla, South Korea, on 24 October 2010.[1][2] The race, which was the first Korean Grand Prix to be staged, would see Fernando Alonso secure his fifth win of the season to claim the Championship lead.[2]

Qualifying would see Sebastian Vettel beat teammate Mark Webber to pole position, while Alonso secured third for Ferrari.[2] Lewis Hamilton was next up in fourth for McLaren-Mercedes, while the fifth man in the title fight, Jenson Button, would start from seventh.[2]

Heavy rain would plague race morning, with Felipe Massa, Bruno Senna and Timo Glock all sliding off the circuit but scrambling back on without damage.[2] There would, however, be some late dramas for Alonso, after a water leak had to be hastily patched in the final hour before the race.[2]

The rain remained in the area as the field assembled on the grid, and after a ten minute delay it was announced that the race would start behind the Safety Car.[2] The field duly pulled away to officially start the race, although after three laps it was decided that the conditions were too dangerous on the new track surface and the race was red flagged.[2]

The rain eased during the intervention, with all of the teams switching their cars to a full wet setup.[2] With that the race resumed once again behind the safety car, remaining out for a further fourteen laps, despite the fact that Michael Schumacher, Vitantonio Liuzzi and Sakon Yamamoto had slid off during the SC.[2]

The restart saw Vettel ease into an early lead ahead of Webber, while Schumacher pounced on Robert Kubica as the only immediate overtake in the top ten.[2] Elsewhere Senna and Jarno Trulli both ran off circuit, before Nico Rosberg dived past Hamilton and Button failed to complete a lunge around the outside of Massa.[2]

The early stages saw Vettel continue to escape from Red Bull-Renault teammate Webber, with Alonso trailing ahead of Rosberg, Hamilton, Massa and Button.[2] Alonso would prove to be an early bottle neck as he slowly built up pace, before Webber slid wide a turn twelve, only to rejoin and smack Rosberg out of the race.[2]

Debris from that accident triggered another safety car period, remaining out until lap 23 with Vettel again slithering into a the lead.[2] The German racer duly re-established a healthy advantage over the following laps, as compatriot Schumacher eased past Button for fifth.[2]

The order settled once again, before Sébastien Buemi triggered another SC by losing control and hitting Timo Glock on lap 31.[2] That intervention would see the majority sweep into the pits for intermediate tyres, with Alonso losing second to Hamilton after a slow stop.[2]

The restart would again see Vettel leap ahead, while Massa was instructed to drop his pace and allow Alonso to harass Hamilton without pressure from behind.[2] The Spaniard duly sneaked past the Brit into the first corner as Hamilton ran wide, before sprinting away to challenge Vettel for victory.[2]

Light would fade drastically in the closing stages of the race, resulting in Vettel complaining to his team about light levels messing with his braking points.[2] However, with a handful of laps to go that became academic, as an engine issue saw his pace collapse and ultimately cause him to retire, leaving Alonso in the lead.[2]

With that the race was run, with Alonso establishing a fourteen second lead over Hamilton as he swept to victory after almost three hours.[2] Behind Hamilton came Massa to complete the podium, with Schumacher finishing fourth ahead of Kubica.[2] Vitantonio Liuzzi was next ahead of Rubens Barrichello, with Kamui Kobayashi, Nick Heidfeld and Nico Hülkenberg claiming the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

There had been another shuffle to the Championship as the season rapidly drew towards its conclusion, although Mark Webber had established a small lead at the head of the field. The Australian racer would leave Japan with a fourteen point advantage over Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel, with Alonso deemed to be ahead courtesy of four wins to Vettel's three. Lewis Hamilton was next having slipped 28 points off the lead, while Jenson Button was a dark horse for the crown in fifth on 189.

In the Constructors Championship Red Bull-Renault had again managed to extend their lead at the head of the hunt, opening out a 45 point lead with three rounds to go. McLaren-Mercedes were next as their main challengers, while Ferrari would need a strong race in Korea to remain in the hunt in third. Mercedes were next ahead of Renault, with nine of the twelve constructors having scored.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2010 Korean Grand Prix is shown below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-25 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes GP Petronas F1 Team Mercedes MGP W01 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB6 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F10 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW32 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault F1 Team Renault R30 Renault RS27-2010 2.4 V8 B
14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM03 Mercedes FO 108X 2.4 V8 B
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR5 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus Racing Lotus T127 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain Hispania Racing F1 Team HRT F110 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
22 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber C29 Ferrari 056 2010 2.4 V8 B
24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
25 Belgium Jérôme d'Ambrosio United Kingdom Virgin Racing Virgin VR-01 Cosworth CA2010 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2010 Korean Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 2 1:37.123 2 1:36.074 1 1:35.585 1
2 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 4 1:37.373 1 1:36.039 2 1:35.659 2
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 3 1:37.144 5 1:36.287 3 1:35.766 3
4 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:37.113 4 1:36.197 4 1:36.062 4
5 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 7 1:37.708 6 1:36.791 5 1:36.535 5
6 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:37.515 3 1:36.169 6 1:36.571 6
7 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 1:38.123 7 1:37.064 7 1:36.731 7
8 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 6 1:37.703 9 1:37.179 8 1:36.824 8
9 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 8 1:37.980 8 1:37.077 9 1:36.950 9
10 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 13 1:38.257 10 1:37.511 10 1:36.998 10
11 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 9 1:38.115 11 1:37.620 11
12 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 14 1:38.429 12 1:37.643 12
13 22 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 11 1:38.171 13 1:37.715 13
14 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 15 1:38.572 14 1:37.783 14
15* 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 12 1:38.174 15 1:37.799 20*
16 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:38.583 16 1:37.853 15
17 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 17 1:38.621 17 1:38.594 16
18 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Ferrari 18 1:38.955 17
19 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 19 1:40.521 18
20 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 20 1:40.748 19
21 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 21 1:41.768 21
22 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 22 1:42.325 22
23 20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 23 1:42.444 23
24 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 24 1:43.283 24
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.
  • * Petrov was awarded a five place grid penalty for causing a collision in the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Sebastian Vettel
Mark Webber ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Fernando Alonso
Lewis Hamilton ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Nico Rosberg
Felipe Massa ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Jenson Button
Robert Kubica ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Michael Schumacher
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Nico Hülkenberg
Kamui Kobayashi ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Nick Heidfeld
Adrian Sutil ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Jaime Alguersuari
Sébastien Buemi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Vitantonio Liuzzi
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Timo Glock
Vitaly Petrov ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Heikki Kovalainen
Lucas di Grassi ______________
Row 12 ______________ 23
24 Sakon Yamamoto
Bruno Senna ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2010 Korean Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Ferrari 55 2:48:20.810 3 25
2 2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 55 +14.999s 4 18
3 7 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 55 +30.868s 6 15
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes 55 +39.688s 9 12
5 11 Poland Robert Kubica France Renault 55 +47.734s 8 10
6 15 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi India Force India-Mercedes 55 +53.571s 17 8
7 9 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 55 +1:09.257 10 6
8 23 Japan Kamui Kobayashi Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1:17.889 12 4
9 22 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1:20.107 13 2
10 10 Germany Nico Hülkenberg United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 55 +1:20.851 11 1
11 17 Spain Jaime Alguersuari Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 55 +1:24.146 15
12 1 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 55 +1:29.939 7
13 19 Finland Heikki Kovalainen Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 21
14 21 Brazil Bruno Senna Spain HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 24
15 20 Japan Sakon Yamamoto Spain HRT-Cosworth 53 +2 Laps 23
Ret 14 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Mercedes 46 Collision 14
Ret 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Austria Red Bull-Renault 45 Engine 1
Ret 12 Russia Vitaly Petrov France Renault 39 Accident 20
Ret 24 Germany Timo Glock United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 31 Damage 19
Ret 16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 30 Collision 16
Ret 25 Brazil Lucas di Grassi United Kingdom Virgin-Cosworth 25 Accident 22
Ret 18 Italy Jarno Trulli Malaysia Lotus-Cosworth 25 Hydraulics 18
Ret 6 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 18 Collision 2
Ret 4 Germany Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes 18 Collision 5
Source:[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Fernando Alonso had moved to the top of the Championship as the title fight had shuffled once again, leaving the Korean circuit with 231 points to his name. Mark Webber had hence slipped to second, eleven off the lead after his non-score, while Lewis Hamilton had moved back into third on 210. Sebastian Vettel was next having also failed to score, and hence had slipped 25 off the lead, while Jenson Button was still mathematically in the hunt but would have to take two wins and see his rivals all fall by the wayside.

In the Constructors Championship Red Bull-Renault had managed to hold their lead at the head of the field, although their non-score in Korea had left them on 426 points. McLaren-Mercedes had hence closed the gap to 27 points in second, while Ferrari had remained in the hunt in third, moving onto 374 points. Behind, Mercedes had extended their advantage over Renault in the fight for fourth, while the three new teams were running out of time to score points in 2010.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Spain Fernando Alonso 231 ▲1
2 Australia Mark Webber 220 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 210 ▲1
4 Germany Sebastian Vettel 206 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button 189
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 143
7 Poland Robert Kubica 124 ▲1
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 122 ▼1
9 Germany Michael Schumacher 66
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 47 ▲1
11 Germany Adrian Sutil 47 ▼1
12 Japan Kamui Kobayashi 31
13 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 21 ▲2
14 Russia Vitaly Petrov 19 ▼1
15 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 18 ▼1
16 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi 8
17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 6
18 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6
19 Spain Jaime Alguersuari 3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Austria Red Bull-Renault 426
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 399
3 Italy Ferrari 374
4 Germany Mercedes 188
5 France Renault 143
6 India Force India-Mercedes 68
7 United Kingdom Williams-Cosworth 65
8 Switzerland BMW Sauber-Ferrari 43
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 'Alonso Korean victory turns title battle on its head', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 24/10/2010), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/164497/1/alonso-proves-hes-got-seoul-with-korean-f1-triumph, (Accessed 30/03/2020)
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  4. 4.0 4.1 '2010 FORMULA 1 KOREAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2010), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2010/races/876/south-korea/qualifying.html, (Accessed 30/03/2020)
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  6. [Archived] '2010 Korean GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410005304/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2010&gp=Korean%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 30/03/2020) - Original
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