With Caterham and Marussia taking up their usual positions at the back of the field, it was the Williams duo that joined them, dropping out in the first session of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix. Paul di Resta narrowly avoided the drop zone, having been held up by Jules Bianchi who later got a three place penalty for his trouble.
Di Resta couldn’t make it any further than Q2, and he was knocked out along with his Force India teammate, plus both Toro Rossos and McLarens.
Into the final ten minutes, the Red Bull drivers were out surprisingly early to put in a banker lap. Mark Webber had to get as high as possible to minimise the damage of his ten place grid penalty, and he qualified third, behind Lewis Hamilton and of course, polesitter Sebastian Vettel.
Further behind them, Kimi Räikkönen continued his difficult weekend by qualifying tenth, behind two Saubers - the first time both Sauber drivers have been in the top ten since about this time last year. Kimi’s tenth place wasn’t great compared to teammate Romain Grosjean in fourth. The two Ferraris were closer together, taking 6th and 7th.
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References Jules Bianchi, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber, Paul di Resta
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