|2012 Korean Grand Prix|
|Race 16 of 20 in the 2012 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||14 October 2012|
|Official name||2012 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix|
|Location||Yeongam, South Jeolla, South Korea|
|Course||Korea International Circuit|
|Course length||5.621 km (3.493 mi)|
|Distance||55 laps, 309.155 km (192.100 mi)|
Track Temp 27 °C (81 °F) dropping to 23 °C (73 °F)
|Driver||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault|
|Time||1:42.037 on lap 54|
The 2012 Korean Grand Prix (formally known as the 2012 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that was the sixteenth round of the 2012 Formula One season. It was held on 14 October 2012 at the Korea International Circuit near Yeongam in South Korea's South Jeolla Province. The race marked the third running of the Korean Grand Prix.
Mark Webber started the race from pole alongside Sebastian Vettel, who went on to win the race. With championship rival Fernando Alonso finishing third, Vettel took a six-point championship lead. The organisers of the race invited Korean rapper PSY to wave the chequered flag.
In the week before the race, the FIA announced that the drag reduction system zone on the circuit would be altered from its 2011 position, bringing the activation point forward by 200 metres (660 ft). The detection point will also be brought forward; in 2011, it was positioned between the first two corners, but for 2012, it was moved to be 90 metres (300 ft) before the first corner.
Like the 2011 Korean Grand Prix, tyre supplier Pirelli brought its yellow-banded soft compound tyre as the harder "prime" tyre and the red-banded supersoft compound tyre as the softer "option" tyre.
Several reserve drivers took the place of regular drivers for the first free practice session. Giedo van der Garde drove in place of Caterham's Vitaly Petrov, while Jules Bianchi replaced Nico Hülkenberg at Force India, Valtteri Bottas drove Bruno Senna's Williams and Dani Clos took Narain Karthikeyan's place at HRT.
In contrast to the practice sessions of the 2010 and 2011 races, the first free practice session of the 2012 race took place in dry conditions. Lewis Hamilton ended the session as fastest driver, three tenths of a second ahead of Fernando Alonso -- who had led most of the ninety-minute session -- with Mark Webber in third place. Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the second session, leading teammate Webber and Alonso in third. Like the first session, the second passed without incident, although Sergio Pérez was forced out after forty-five minutes of running when his Sauber lost all power and ground to a halt at Turn 12. Pérez was able to safely park the car, allowing the session to continue uninterrupted.
Mark Webber, who qualified on pole, lost his lead at start to teammate Sebastian Vettel at the first turn. Lewis Hamilton lost his third place to Alonso on first lap, while his team mate Jenson Button had to retire after a collision with Kobayashi, who also collided with Nico Rosberg of Mercedes. Felipe Massa moved to 4th place after overtaking Hamilton who was suffering from an anti-roll bar failure on his car, which led him to lose couple of places in the race. Massa was quickly gaining on his teammate when he was told to hold his position on his team radio as Alonso was the championship contender. At the end of the race Vettel was continuously told on his team radio to slow down and save tyres as he had a problem with tyre degradation on his right-front tyre. Vettel finished first and took a six-point lead in the Championship over third-placed Fernando Alonso, who had led since the European Grand Prix. Webber finished second, setting the fastest lap. Lewis Hamilton finished 10th after battling for position with the two Toro Rossos of Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Éric Vergne, but fell back in the closing laps as a piece of AstroTurf got stuck on one of his car's sidepods.
|Pos.||No.||Driver||Constructor||Part 1||Part 2||Part 3||Grid|
|1||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1:38.397||1:38.220||1:37.242||1|
|2||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1:38.208||1:37.767||1:37.316||2|
|8||12||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:38.981||1:38.428||1:38.266||8|
|14||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:38.942||1:38.643||14|
|16||16||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:38.784||1:39.084||211|
|17||17||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:38.774||1:39.340||16|
|23||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||1:42.881||22|
|107% time: 1:45.082|
|--||23||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||No time3||23|
|1||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||55||1:36:28.651||2||25|
|2||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||55||+8.231||1||18|
|6||12||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||55||+45.301||8||8|
|8||17||Jean-Éric Vergne||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||55||+1:09.589||16||4|
|9||16||Daniel Ricciardo||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||55||+1:11.787||21||2|
|12||11||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||55||+1:24.448||14|
|16||21||Vitaly Petrov||Caterham-Renault||54||+1 Lap||18|
|17||20||Heikki Kovalainen||Caterham-Renault||54||+1 Lap||19|
|18||24||Timo Glock||Marussia-Cosworth||54||+1 Lap||20|
|19||25||Charles Pic||Marussia-Cosworth||53||+2 Laps||24|
|20||23||Narain Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||53||+2 Laps||23|
|Ret||22||Pedro de la Rosa||HRT-Cosworth||16||Throttle||22|
|Ret||14||Kamui Kobayashi||Sauber-Ferrari||16||Collision damage||13|
|Ret||8||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes||1||Collision damage||9|