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Korea 2010 - The race // A hugely chaotic weekend leads to the first Korean Grand Prix

Published by Christine

Petrov eyes the camera, tucked away in the garages of the Korea pitlane
Credit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

We've seen pretty much everything so far this weekend - drivers spinning off, the track falling apart, a Red Bull on pole - what else could there possibly be? Only the small matter of the first ever race at the Korea International Circuit, that's what. It's time for all that practice and all that tyre wear to pay off, as we see who can salvage a win from this chaotic weekend.

Weather update

rain

Yeongam County, Sunday

19℃

  • Low 18℃
  • Humidity 93%

Rainy days and Mondays

The rain has been creeping ever closer to the race time, and whilst some reports suggest it should have stopped by the time the lights go out, the track will still be sopping wet when the cars head out there. Perhaps tyre wear will not be such an issue if they don't have to worry about sticking to the compounds.

One to watch

Petrov didn't pull out all the stops in qualifying, and with the addition of a five place grid drop carried over from the Japanese GP weekend, he starts 20th on the grid. We know, from watching Kubica, that the Renault can be fast when it is in the right hands. But are Petrov's the right hands?

I was hoping to get into the top 10 today, to minimise the effect of the grid penalty, and it looked reasonable after Q1. During the second part of qualifying, I made a mistake by pushing too hard, touched the kerb and spun. The tyres were then so dirty that I couldn't set a proper competitive lap time afterwards.

- Vitaly Petrov

You would think perhaps not.

Predictions please

Will Vettel be able to convert his pole position to a victory? Can Webber get a good start off the dirty side of the grid? Can anyone stop the Red Bull dominance? Who will be the first retiree? Will the rain wreak havoc?

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We've seen pretty much everything so far this weekend - drivers spinning off, the track falling apart, a Red Bull on pole - what else could there possibly be? Only the small matter of the first ever race at the Korea International Circuit, that's what. It's time for all that practice and all that tyre wear to pay off, as we see who can salvage a win from this chaotic weekend.
Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

Event start

07:00GMT +01:00

24 October 2010