Lewis Hamilton set the cat among the pigeons on Friday morning in Korea, as he set the fastest time of the session. After The Japanese GP the signs were that Red Bull had gone back to a dominant position, but the first session in Korea seemed to suggest otherwise, with Hamilton ahead of Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber and Felipe Massa. Vettel was fifth.
Michael Schumacher was anything but shy and retiring as he outpaced Nico Rosberg, while Romain Grosjean was next ahead of Paul di Resta, Jenson Button, Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado, Jules Bianchi (the Force India test driver), the two Sauber drivers Kamui Kobayashi ahead of Sergio Perez and the two Toro Rosso drivers Dan Ricciardo ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne. Valtteri Bottas, the Williams test driver, was next ahead of Heikki Kovalianen, Tim O’Glock, Charles Pic, Caterham tester Giedo Van der Garde and the two HRT drivers for the session Pedro de la Rosa and Dani Clos.