Korean F1 Grand Prix 2013: Start Time, Lineup, TV Schedule and More

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IOctober 5, 2013

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 04:  Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP drives during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit on October 4, 2013 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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The world's best Formula 1 racers have convened in South Korea for the fourth annual Korean F1 Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel won this race the past two years, and he appears destined for a three-peat after securing pole position on Saturday, as noted by the Associated Press:

Though the Korean International Circuit is a fantastic venue, this race has been beset by financial difficulties since its inception, having lost upwards of $142 million, as noted by SkySports.com. 

This year's race could be beset by a different sort of trouble, as Typhoon Fitow is hovering off the coast of China and could pose a threat. 

Assuming the worst of the storm skirts off to the north as expected, the race should commence without incident, however. 

Here's a look at when and where you can catch the action, followed by a full list of the contestants and a closer look at the top storylines heading into the race. 

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 04:  Local fans of Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus are seen in the grandstand during practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit on October 4, 2013 in Yeongam-gun, South Korea.  (Pho
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When: Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 a.m. ET

Where: Korean International Circuit, South Korea 

Watch: NBCSN

 

Lineup (via BBC.co.uk)

POSDRIVERCAR TEAMFASTEST LAP
1Sebastian Vettel1Red Bull1:37.881
2Mark Webber2Red Bull1:38.018
3Nico Rosberg9Mercedes1:38.318
4Lewis Hamilton10Mercedes1:38.332
5Fernando Alonso3Ferrari1:38.486
6Romain Grosjean8Lotus1:38.701
7Felipe Massa4Ferrari1:38.816
8Kimi Raikkonen7Lotus1:38.857
9Nico Hulkenberg11Sauber1:38.961
10Jenson Button5McLaren1:39.114
11Esteban Gutierrez12Sauber1:39.128
12Pastor Maldonado16Williams1:39.196
13Adrian Sutil15Force India1:39.204
14Sergio Perez6McLaren1:39.274
15Daniel Ricciardo19Toro Rosso1:39.327
16Paul Di Resta14Force India1:39.371
17Jean-Eric Vergne18Toro Rosso1:39.665
18Valtteri Bottas17Williams1:40.128
19Charles Pic20Caterham1:41.360
20Giedo van der Garde21Caterham1:41.614
21Jules Bianchi22Marussia1:41.646
22Max Chilton23Marussia1:42.267

 

Will Anyone Stop Sebastian Vettel?

At the age of 26, Vettel is already a racing legend. 

He's won the F1 Championship three years running and is currently 60 points ahead of Fernando Alonso in this year's standings with just six races left in the season, having won seven of 13 races so far. 

As noted by Sky Sports F1, he appears to be unstoppable right now—especially after smoking his competition during qualifying in South Korea this weekend:

The German racer won three races in a row before this race. His car has proven to be superior to those of his competitors all year long, and he knows how to get every bit out of it. 

 

How Will Kimi Raikkonen's Back Hold Up?

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 22:  Third placed Kimi Raikkonen of Finland and Lotus speaks to the media following the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at Marina Bay Street Circuit on September 22, 2013 in Singapore, Singapore.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Image
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Raikkonen has been dealing with a painful back injury this season, and he's dealt with back issues for years.

The 2007 F1 champ was able to get through the race in Singapore a couple of weeks ago, but he wouldn't have made it without the aid of painkillers and physiotherapy, as noted by the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). 

Jon Noble of Autosport recently reported that Raikkonen would be seeking treatment for a permanent solution to his back problems after the season, but that won't help him with the pain he's dealing with right now:

He made it through qualifying and is expected to race on Sunday, but it remains to be seen how effective he'll be. 

 

Final Prediction

YEONGAM-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 05:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after finishing first during qualifying for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix at Korea International Circuit on October 5, 2013 in Ye
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Every driver who participates in these extreme races is capable of winning. 

Alonso, Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton are just a few of the worthy competitors standing in Vettel's way this weekend.

That said, it's hard to bet against the German triple champion. Vettel is on an absolute tear right now, and he was clearly the top racer during qualifying. 

Vettel will win his fourth race in a row this weekend at the 2013 Korean F1 Grand Prix. 

 

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