Rain has affected the first two Korean Grands Prix held at the Korean International Circuit in Yeongam, and it’s possible that some wet weather might be present this time as well. October is the rainy season in South Korea, so as a precaution teams will have their wet tires on standby.
However, most weather forecasts for the next 48 hours show no signs of rain. Humidity levels are expected to reach a high of only 60 percent during race time.
The track surface is still relatively new, and it’s barely used throughout the year, meaning drivers will likely be presented with a slippery surface this weekend. It doesn’t help that relatively mild ambient and track temperatures make tire warm-up more difficult.
The 55-lap race will be run using Pirelli’s soft and supersoft tires, as per Monaco, Canada and Singapore.
At the conclusion of Friday’s practice session, Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel have proven fastest, though Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Jenson Button were also quick, proving third and fourth fastest, respectively. Mercedes-AMG driver Nico Rosberg was slightly faster than his soon-to-be teammate, Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, while Lotus drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean came away happy with the results of a new aerodynamic package fitted to their cars.
Going into qualifying tomorrow and Sunday’s eventual race, Fernando Alonso remains on top of the points ladder with 194 points, followed by Sebastian Vettel in second with 190 points and Kimi Räikkönen in third with 157 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing has 324 points to McLaren’s 283 and Ferrari’s 263.