2010 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix

Round 14 of the 2013 Formula One World Championship sees the teams take on a very different technical challenge at the Korea International Circuit. Located close to Mokpo in the south of the country, the 5.615km track features a number of high-speed sections with a 1.2km straight in the first half, with the second comprising of tight twists and many lower speed corners.

With this in mind, the set-up of the cars needs to have a balance of outright speed with the demands of the slower second section. It is a tricky circuit to get right, aerodynamic and mechanical grip are of high importance for all teams for the cars to succeed around this circuit.

The Korean Grand-Prix is in its third year now with Fernando Alonso winning back in 2010 and Sebastian Vettel the past two races in 2011 and 2012. The two both being at the top of the drivers’ championship this time round, expect a fierce race from both drivers.

Sebastian Vettel comes into the race on the back of three consecutive race wins. In the constructors’ battle, it is Red Bull who are currently enjoying a 103 point lead over Farrari on 377 with Mercedes in third place with 267.

 

Key Facts

  • The Korea International Circuit is one of only five anti-clockwise circuits on the calendar (Singapore, Abu Dhabi, USA and Brazil the others)
  • The straight between turn 2 and 3 is the fourth longest in F1 and cars are at full throttle for a full 15 seconds whilst racing down it.
  • Sebastian Vettel is the most successful driver at the Korea International Circuit (two wins in three outings). Ferrari have scored the most points at the circuit with 85 points, with Red Bull following a close second with 83.
  • Lap Record 1:39.605 recorded by Vettel in 2011.

 

Drivers Championship Standings (Top 6)

Sebastian Vettel – 247

Fernando Alonso – 187

Lewis Hamilton – 151

Kimi Raikkonen – 149

Mark Webber – 130

Nico Rosberg – 116

 

Constuctors Championship Standings (Top 4)

Red Bull – 377

Ferrari – 274

Mercedes – 267

Lotus – 206