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Free Practice 1

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Michael Schumacher lived up to his fame as a master of wet conditions with the fastest time in Friday's first free practice for the Korean Formula One Grand Prix.

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We'll be back in a couple of hours for the second session, in what we can expect to be better weather conditions.

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So, a rainy first practice session ends with Schumacher on top, followed by Vettel, Di Resta, Sutil, Buemi, Kobayashi, Hamilton, Rosberg and Perez. Webber completes the top 10.

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The flag is out but there is still time for Schumacher to edge out Vettel at the top of the timesheets with a 2m02.784s!

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Webber manages to go 10th quickest before Vettel goes top of the lists with a 2m02.852s.

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Button joins Hamilton in the garages as Vettel posts a 2m04.425s to move into seventh.

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Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne is ninth so far, despite a wheel lock-up. He's impressed so far, the young Frenchman.

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Alonso is on track and world champion Vettel follows soon after.

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The weather is clearing up with the radar showing the band of rain is about to pass the circuit.

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So, with 15 minutes left of the this first practice session Buemi has set the fastest lap, ahead of Kobayashi, Hamilton, Sutil and Schumacher.

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Perez goes fifth fastest as more and more drivers begin to test their cars' limits in the wet.

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McLaren on their Twitter feed: "Jenson's engineer Dave Robson has just confirmed that Jenson won't be running for the remainder of the session."

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Schumacher and di Resta are among the drivers on track at the moment as Kobayashi improves to go second.

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Buemi hits the top of the timesheets with a 2m03.182s, knocking Hamilton off his perch.

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Vergne, Rosberg and Maldonado now try to clock their first times of the day.

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Ricciardo and Kobayashi are also out now as Buemi clocks a 2m06.240s.

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Satisfied with what he and his team have learned from the little sortie, Hamilton heads back to the McLaren garages.

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On full wet tyres Hamilton clocks 2m03.391s on his second flying lap.

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Chandhok and Buemi both follow Hamilton out onto the soggy track.

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And it's Hamilton who posts the first time of the day - a 2m05.484s to kick things off.

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Lewis Hamilton hits the track ahead of a huge spray of water off the track...

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Ferrari on their Twitter account: "No action at all, the track is still too wet. Considering that the weather forecast for tomorrow is positive there is no point to run now..."

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Apparently, Rubens Barrichello has taken advantage of the rain by retiring to the Williams hospitality tent. He's now back in the garages.

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We're still waiting for a time to be posted in Korea as the weather continues to scupper plans.

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An hour remaining of this first practice session and still the rain falls and the cars stay in their garages.

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Most drivers are out of their cars now as the rain continues to fall... they're thinking there's not much point in risking anything now with the forecast a lot better for this afternoon's session.

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Conditions are still poor and some drivers are just waiting for things to improve before they head back out onto the track.

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Hamilton and Button have both left the McLaren garages and are out on track for their first whirl around the Korean track.

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Vettel, fresh off the back of securing the drivers' title, is strapped in his car and raring to go.

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Perez, Glock and Maldonado follow them.

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Ricciardo, Kartikeyan, Vergne and Ambrosio are the first drivers out onto the soggy track.

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It's a damp morning at Yeongam today, and the fans have stayed away.

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OK, here we go then, an hour and a half of practice coming up in Korea.

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Hello and welcome to our coverage of the the first free practice session ahead of the Korean Grand Prix.