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The Korean Grand Prix - did you know? 02 Oct 2013

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB8 at the start of the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 14 October 2012 Race winner Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari celebrates on the podium.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 24 October 2010 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8 crosses the line to win the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 14 October 2012 Safety car leads the race.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Korean Grand Prix, Race, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Sunday, 24 October 2010 Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Korean Grand Prix, Practice, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 12 October 2012 Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR6 Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Korean Grand Prix, Practice Day, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Friday, 14 October 2011

Did you know that the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam is one of just five anti-clockwise venues on the 2013 calendar? Ahead of this weekend's 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix, we present a myriad of fascinating facts and figures about the race...

• The Korean Grand Prix has been run three times previously, all at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam. It is the third newest venue on the calendar after Austin and New Delhi. It is also one of only five circuits on the calendar that is anti-clockwise in nature (the others are Singapore, Yas Marina, Austin and Sao Paulo).

• The inaugural event in 2010 was won by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and you can read all about the dramatic race here.

• Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel is the only driver apart from Alonso to have triumphed on Korean soil.

• As well as winning the last two races in Yeongam, Vettel has rather amazingly led all but 12 laps in the history of the Korean Grand Prix (92.7 per cent). Those spare dozen laps were led by Alonso in 2010 and 2011.

• There has been a different man on pole in each of the three previous events in Korea - Sebastian Vettel (2010), Lewis Hamilton (2011) and Mark Webber (2012).

• As well as having more wins and poles in Korea than any other team, Red Bull also have more podiums (4) and more fastest laps (2).

• Only Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren have ever scored Korean Grand Prix podium finishes.

• The lap record in Korea was set by Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel in 2011 and stands at 1m 39.605s.

• No Korean national has ever started a world championship Grand Prix.

• The furthest back on the grid any Korean Grand Prix winner has started is third. That was Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso at the inaugural event in 2010. The polesitter has never won.

• The safety car has been deployed in two of the three Korean Grands Prix to date (2010 and 2011). There have been a total of six deployments over those two races.

• According to Mercedes, the drivers are on full throttle for 62 percent of the lap distance. The longest time at full throttle is 14.4 seconds on the long straight between Turns 2 and 3. Drivers make an average of 54 gear changes per lap, which equates to 2,970 gear changes over the 55-lap race.

• A couple of small milestones have been recorded at the Korean Grand Prix. Pedro de la Rosa started his 100th Grand Prix in Yeongam in 2012, the same event in which Sebastian Vettel racked up a quarter century (25) of Grand Prix wins. Meanwhile, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne made his Grand Prix weekend debut in Korea in 2011, completing nine laps in FP1 in place of Jaime Alguersuari.

• And finally, having finished in the points in Singapore, Ferrari are now just three races away from equalling McLaren’s record 64-race point-scoring streak. Can they move another step closer in Korea? The omens are good - Fernando Alonso has finished the last 11 races in the points…

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