Practice has finished for this weekend’s Korean Grand Prix, and it was Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel who set the pace in both sessions as the race for the title continues to hot up.

Hamilton diced with championship leader Fernando Alonso for fastest time honours, with both looking to recover from disappointing races in Japan last weekend. Alonso led the way and continued to get faster, before Hamilton put in a time 3-tenths faster to claim top spot.

The second session became all about long-run pace, with teams opting to fill their cars up with fuel. This began to show just who has the pace over longer stints – and from the looks of things it’s going to be very, very tight between Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren.

Sebastian Vettel set the pace, with Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber in second place. Can Sebastian take a third win on the trot to take the title lead?

For those of you who couldn’t – or wouldn’t – get out of bed early enough to catch all the on track action, here all of Friday’s times in full.

Korean Grand Prix – First Practice

1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.148s
2. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari + 0.302s
3. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault  + 0.427s
4. Felipe Massa, Ferrari  + 0.706s
5. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault  + 0.940s
6. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes  + 1.073s
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes  + 1.248s
8. Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Renault + 1.274s
9. Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes  + 1.292s
10. Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes  + 1.332s
11. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus-Renault  + 1.781s
12. Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Renault  + 1.900s
13. Jules Bianchi, Force India-Mercedes  + 1.992s
14. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari  + 2.072s
15. Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari  + 2.366s
16. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso-Ferrari  + 2.448s
17. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso-Ferrari  + 2.873s
18. Valtteri Bottas, Williams-Renault  + 2.879s
19. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham-Renault  + 2.956s
20. Timo Glock, Marussia-Cosworth  + 3.027s
21. Charles Pic, Marussia-Cosworth  + 3.558s
22. Giedo van der Garde, Caterham-Renault  + 3.672s
23. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT-Cosworth  + 5.369s
24. Dani Clos, HRT-Cosworth  + 6.587s

Korean Grand Prix – Second Practice

1. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull-Renault 1m38.832s
2. Mark Webber, Red Bull-Renault  + 0.032s
3. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari  + 0.328s
4. Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes  + 0.387s
5. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes  + 0.498s
6. Felipe Massa, Ferrari  + 0.590s
7. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes  + 0.752s
8. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes  + 0.885s
9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India-Mercedes  + 0.907s
10. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus-Renault  + 1.007s
11. Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Renault  + 1.125s
12. Bruno Senna, Williams-Renault  + 1.257s
13. Paul di Resta, Force India-Mercedes  + 1.280s
14. Kamui Kobayashi, Sauber-Ferrari  + 1.613s
15. Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari  + 1.913s
16. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso-Ferrari  + 1.957s
17. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso-Ferrari  + 2.165s
18. Pastor Maldonado, Williams-Renault  + 2.368s
19. Heikki Kovalainen, Caterham-Renault  + 2.770s
20. Timo Glock, Marussia-Cosworth  + 3.764s
21. Vitaly Petrov, Caterham-Renault  + 4.235s
23. Charles Pic, Marussia-Cosworth  + 4.804s
22. Narain Karthikeyan, HRT-Cosworth  + 5.037s
24. Pedro de la Rosa, HRT-Cosworth  + 5.701s

Photo: Red Bull Racing

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