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Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove football freestyle skills

Flicking hell! Is this the best football freestyle video on the internet

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Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

15:14 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:17 GMT, 28 February 2013

Never mind Cristiano Ronaldo's endless stepovers, Ronaldinho's dummy pass or even the Cruyff turn… England have finally produced the sort of skill that can rival Rory Delap's long throw.

Billy Wingrove and former Britain's Got Talent finalist Jeremy Lynch have teamed up as 'The F2' to showcase their finest footy skills, and the world has taken notice.

Choreographed: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their sublime freestyle skills

Choreographed: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their sublime freestyle skills

The F2 freestyle

The pair opened the show at last year's Ballon d'Or ceremony, showing more creativity than your average boy in his garden with his mate filming on a mobile phone.

As well as packing videos full of mesmerizing skills, flicks and even a few first-time volleys, the tricksters are looking to teach young players the skills they have developed over time.

After being inspired by watching a Nike commercial in 2000 with Edgar Davids and Denilson, Lynch won the hearts of a nation by reaching the final showdown of the popular reality TV show in 2008.

Lynch has also filmed videos with the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Robinho, while Wingrove has been a professional freestyler for a decade.

And after South Korean freestyler Mr Woo toured the world showing off his skills for nearly two decades, there will definitely be a market for the pair to break into.

The pair's DVD 'Learn Football Freestyle' is for sale through their website for 9.99.

VIDEO: Freestyle duo Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their skills

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QPR sign Yun Suk-young

QPR sign South Korean left-back Yun as Redknapp continues to strengthen

, before then going on to make his full international debut in October.

Yun has been linked to a number of clubs in recent times, including west London rivals Fulham, but has joined QPR on for an undisclosed fee from K-League side Chunnam Dragons.

The left-back has been granted a work permit and will be eligible to play for the Rs once he obtains a visa.

London calling: Yun arrives at Heathrow last week ahead of his move

London calling: Yun arrives at Heathrow last week ahead of his move

Yun joins fellow January acquisitions Loic Remy and Tal Ben Haim at Loftus Road, where he links up with countryman Park Ji-sung.

The defender may be the first of several signings before the transfer deadline tomorrow, with Peter Crouch, Christopher Samba and Etienne Capoue amongst those on QPR's radar.

Sunderland to consider loan move out Ji-Dong Won, the first hero of 2012

Whatever happened to Sunderland's first hero of 2012, Ji the City slayer

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 25 December 2012

Ji Dong-won may have been forgiven for believing that his dramatic late winner against Manchester City would kick-start his Sunderland career.

But while Martin O’Neill leapt high into the air when the South Korea striker bundled the ball round Joe Hart on the first day of 2012, the Sunderland manager has barely played him since.

Good old days: Ji Dong-Won's Sunderland career has failed to take off since his memorable goal against Manchester City on the first day of 2012

Good old days: Ji Dong-Won's Sunderland career has failed to take off since his memorable goal against Manchester City on the first day of 2012

The 21-year-old, who was signed by
Steve Bruce from Chunnam Dragons 18 months ago, played only six games
after New Year’s Day and has yet to feature at all this season.

Hundreds of Korean visitors still go
to the Stadium of Light hoping to see the South Korea Olympic squad
member, only to find him forlornly sitting in the stands in his club
suit and tie.

Ji, who is also a cult figure with
Sunderland supporters, has been linked with a move back to Chunnam
Dragons and O’Neill admitted the striker may have to go out on loan to
revive his Sunderland career.

O’Neill said: ‘It has been tough for
him. He has had a difficult time trying to learn his trade and I have
to look at that, realise how young he is and how far away from home he
is but he has the makings of a player.

‘He has found it difficult to cope with the physical aspect but he has natural talent and it is really up to him.

‘There have been a number of inquiries about our players and all I can say is that it has been a frustrating time for him.

‘He played in the Olympics, didn’t always start the games but he perhaps thought after that goal it would be lift-off time.

‘If there was a possibility of a loan
spell I would give it some consideration, although I can’t at the minute
while we consider in-coming players.’

Stoke interested in Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong

Pulis turns to South Korean Lee as he bids to add some craft to Stoke midfeld

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UPDATED:

22:45 GMT, 18 December 2012

Stoke are showing interest in Bolton midfielder Lee Chung-yong.

The 24-year-old South Korean has scored three goals in 17 games this season after battling back from injury.

Meanwhile in his homeland, Jeonnam Yeonggwang want Sunderland striker Ji Dong-won. German side Augsburg have also asked for the 21-year-old on loan.

Stoked: Bolton's Lee Chung-yong is being tracked by Premier League Stoke

Stoked: Bolton's Lee Chung-yong is being tracked by Premier League Stoke

Gangnam style: West Ham mascot in Psy tribute

Hey, sexy ladies! West Ham mascot rivals the Crystals and Sammy the Saint in battle for best Gangnam Style tribute

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UPDATED:

12:01 GMT, 10 December 2012

If the Crystal Palace cheerleaders' performance is anything to go by, Hammerhead and Sammy the Saint have a lot to live up to in their bid to deliver football’s finest version of global craze, Gangnam Style.

Korean pop singer Psy's popular dance routine has been impersonated by millions across the world since the smash hit’s release earlier this year.

And yesterday, West Ham took great pride in re-living the highlights of their robot 'superhero' mascot getting carried away in the act.

The Upton Park crowd were treated to a half-time airing of the mascot's dancing skills, which he first previewed during the win over Chelsea just over a week ago.

Hoping it would conjure the same inspiration for their victory over the Blues, the dance failed to deliver another famous win for the east London side, as Liverpool came from behind to celebrate a 3-2 win.

But Hammerhead is not the only Premier League mascot to get wrapped up in the fever.

Southampton's Sammy the Saint delighted the St Mary's faithful ahead of last month's 1-1 draw with Norwich with his take on the trend.

Neither come close to outpointing the Crystals. All together now: ‘Hey, sexy ladies’…

Ferrari rubbish Sebastian Vettel move

I don't want two roosters in the same henhouse! Ferrari play down move for Vettel

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UPDATED:

15:34 GMT, 15 October 2012

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo has denied reports claiming that Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel has agreed to join the team in 2014 by saying he does not want 'two roosters in the same henhouse'.

Reports have suggested the 25-year-old Vettel, the two-time defending world champion, had been lined up to switch to Ferrari in 2014, with Felipe Massa retaining his seat next season as a stop-gap.

That would see Vettel become the team-mate of his chief rival for the 2012 world title, Fernando Alonso, who is contracted with the Maranello team until 2016, but Montezemolo argued that would go against the team's long-standing policy of having a clear No 1 driver on their team.

No deal: Ferrari have denied reports they want Vettel to partner Alonso

No deal: Ferrari have denied reports they want Vettel to partner Alonso

'Today the problem is not with drivers,' he said on the team's official website.

'2014 is still to come but I don't want to have two roosters in the same henhouse, rather two drivers who race for Ferrari and not for themselves.

'I don't want problems and rivalries, which we didn't have between (Michael) Schumacher and (Eddie) Irvine, between Schumacher and (Rubens) Barrichello, between Alonso and Massa or Massa and Schumi or Massa and (Kimi) Raikkonen.'

On track: Vettel is favourite to win his third title after winning in Korea

On track: Vettel is favourite to win his third title after winning in Korea

Red Bull have also rejected the report, with team advisor Helmut Marko telling German newspaper Bild: 'These are untruths. This report is simply not right.'

Team boss Christian Horner told BBC Sport: 'Sebastian Vettel, without a shadow of doubt, will be part of the Red Bull Racing team in 2014.'

Vettel moved ahead of Alonso in the 2012 driver's championship standings following yesterday's Korean Grand Prix, with his victory and Alonso's third place translating into a six-point advantage.

Staying put: Massa is poised to remain at Ferrrari

Staying put: Massa is poised to remain at Ferrrari

Alonso clashed with Lewis Hamilton when the two were allowed to compete as rivals while team-mates at McLaren, and is said to have a clause in his contract which gives him approval over the identity of his Ferrari team-mate.

There has been speculation over the future of Massa with Ferrari all season after a series of indifferent performances, but he has improved of late and took fourth place on Sunday.

Montezemolo sounded positive about the Brazilian's future.

'We have the best team: yesterday too, the work on track was perfect,' he said.

'We also have the best driver in Fernando Alonso and I'm happy to see Felipe Massa back at a high level: tomorrow I will meet him at Maranello, we will have a chance to talk about his future and then I will take a decision.'

He added: 'You can see from the constructors' championship that he has returned to the levels that we used to know well. I expect a lot from him and his capacity to take points from our rivals.'

Speculation also suggested respected designer Adrian Newey could make the move from Red Bull to Ferrari, but this was likewise rejected by Montezemolo.

'As for Newey, I can say that he is very good at his job but we also managed to win eight constructors' titles in the last 13 championships without him: I have huge faith in our own engineers,' he said.

Felipe Massa set for Ferrari stay in 2013

Massa poised for Ferrari stay as Brazilian closes in on 2013 deal

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UPDATED:

07:28 GMT, 15 October 2012

Felipe Massa looks set to stay with Ferrari after continuing his resurgence with fourth place at the Korean Grand Prix.

The Brazilian was thought to be heading for the exit door at Maranello after a poor first half to the season, with Mark Webber being strongly tipped to take his seat before the Australian re-signed with Red Bull.

But the 31-year-old has performed strongly since the Belgian Grand Prix, and took his first podium in almost two years at the Japanese Grand Prix.

Staying put: Massa is set to stay at Ferrari in 2013

Staying put: Massa is set to stay at Ferrari in 2013

He followed that up with fourth in South Korea, where he shadowed team-mate Fernando Alonso throughout, with his pace even leading the team to ask him to give the title-chasing Spaniard a bit of breathing space during the closing stages.

With his upturn in fortunes, Massa now appears set to extend his stay with the Prancing Horse into an eighth season, with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, another mentioned as a potential replacement, set to switch to Sauber instead.

When asked if Massa would remain with Ferrari in 2013, team principal Stefano Domenicali said: 'You will know what will be our situation on that very soon.'

All smiles: The Brazilian looked to be heading towards the Ferrari exit door

All smiles: The Brazilian looked to be heading towards the Ferrari exit door

He added: 'I am very happy [with Felipe]. He did an excellent race and qualifying, but he has done an excellent job over the last couple of races and this is very promising for the end of the season.

'I think he is understanding the car better, understanding the tyres better.

'Felipe we believe is a very strong driver, otherwise we would already have taken a different decision [for 2013], and now Felipe has the understanding of the car and the tyres under his control, he is performing at the level he should.'

Sebastian Vettel's win in Korea meant Alonso's third place was not enough to prevent him losing the lead of the championship. He now trails the Red Bull driver by six points with just four races remaining.

Champagne moment: Vettel leads the championship from Fernando Alonso

Champagne moment: Vettel leads the championship from Fernando Alonso

Ferrari may not have been able to match Red Bull, but the Maranello outfit appeared to have taken a step forward as they were much improved in qualifying and typically competitive during the race.

And Alonso said: 'We are always on the limit, but we feel comfortable like this.

'We seem to extract the maximum from the car when we are under pressure and there are four beautiful races to come with good possibilities for us to fight for the championship.

'In the end, I'm sure there will be some circuits where we are a little bit more competitive, and some circuits where we are maybe not competitive enough, but overall, in the last four races now we need to score seven points more than Sebastian, that will be extremely tough but we believe we can do it.'

Sebastian Vettel wins Korean Grand Prix

Vettel leapfrogs Alonso in F1 championship after commanding display at Korean GP

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UPDATED:

08:44 GMT, 14 October 2012

Sebastian Vettel survived a late tyre scare to move back to the top of the Formula One drivers' championship with a dominant victory in Korea, as McLaren's title hopes disintegrated.

The Red Bull driver got the jump on team-mate Mark Webber from second on the grid and was able to ease away to his third win in a row and go six points clear of Fernando Alonso, despite concerns his right-front tyre would wear out in the closing laps.

Good Korea move: Vettel has now moved to the top of the championship

Good Korea move: Vettel has now moved to the top of the championship

Good Korea move: Vettel has now moved to the top of the championship

Korean Grand Prix

1. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull

2. Mark Webber – Red Bull

3. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari

4. Felipe Massa – Ferrari

5. Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus

6. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India

7. Romain Grosjean – Lotus

8. Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso

9. Daniel Ricciardo – Toro Rosso

10. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren

Click here for full standings

Webber was a solid second as Red Bull
became the first team to secure a one-two finish in 2012, with Alonso
getting the maximum out of his Ferrari with third place.

But Lewis Hamilton could only finish
10th after suffering with tyre degradation and fell 62 points behind
Vettel with just 100 points up for grabs from the final four races.
Team-mate Jenson Button was a first-lap retirement and is 84 points
adrift of the German.

Much of the pre-race speculation had centred around whether Webber would be willing to move over for Vettel to help his team-mate's championship chances.

As it turned out any concerns proved unnecessary as Vettel got the better start from the dirty side of the grid and went up the inside of Webber into turn one to take a lead he never relinquished.

Chequered flag: Vettel crosses the line first, under the flag waved by Korean rapper Psy

Checkered flag: Vettel crosses the line first, under the flag waved by Korean rapper Psy

Behind the two Red Bulls the Ferraris made good starts as Alonso got by Hamilton and Felipe Massa made a move on Kimi Raikkonen for sixth.

But behind them Button, who had started 11th, and Nico Rosberg were already out of the race. The pair were clouted by the wayward Sauber of Suzuka hero Kamui Kobayashi at turn three and went no further, the Japanese driver serving a drive-through penalty before being forced to park up in the garage.

Vettel quickly began to eke out a
lead over Webber as the top six held position through the first-round of
stops. But this proved to be the start of Hamilton's woes.

The Briton had failed to do a
meaningful long run during practice and soon found his tyres to be
wearing at an alarming rate, and Massa breezed past him on the run to
turn three before he was forced to pit for a second time several laps
earlier than his rivals. It would have ramifications later on.

Start to finish: Vettel led from the first corner to last and now leads the F1 championship

Start to finish: Vettel led from the first corner to last and now leads the F1 championship

Start to finish: Vettel led from the first corner to last and now leads the F1 championship

Vettel's was comfortably managing the
gap back to Webber, but had tyre struggles of his own during the latter
stages of his second stint, which meant his team-mate got back within
5.3 seconds.
But once he pitted Vettel quickly re-asserted his authority with a lap
1.5 seconds better than his team-mate and the advantage was soon back up
to 8.5 seconds.

Meanwhile Hamilton's tyre woes had returned and it became apparent he would need to make an extra stop before the end.

He desperately tried to keep Romain
Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg at bay, but eventually had to give way to
the Force India as the German pounced around the outside at turn four,
after Hamilton had run Grosjean out of road at turn three.

At Ferrari, Massa's excellent pace
prompted a request for him to slow up in order to give team-mate Alonso
some breathing space as he kept pace with the third-placed Spaniard.

Hamilton pitted again on lap 42 for the super-soft tyre and resumed down in 10th place. It was at this point that Vettel's cruise to victory was thrown into doubt.

Day to forget: Hamilton endured a torrid afternoon - and was seen dragging astroturf under his car at one stage

Day to forget: Hamilton endured a torrid afternoon – and was seen dragging astroturf under his car at one stage

Day to forget: Hamilton endured a torrid afternoon - and was seen dragging astroturf under his car at one stage

He was advised to cool his pace with eight laps to go as the drivers struggled with heavy wear on their right-front tyres.

A further warning was issued to the
German with five laps to go, while Hamilton's woes were compounded as he
picked up a loose strip of Astroturf under his McLaren which slowed his
pace.

Vettel continued to receive
increasingly concerned messages from race engineer Guillaume 'Rocky'
Rocquelin, but ultimately came through to take the win by 6.8 seconds
from Webber and close in on becoming just the third man to win three
straight titles. Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher are the
others.

Alonso was a solid third for Ferrari
as Massa underlined his recent improvement with fourth to allow the
Italian team to move above McLaren into second in the constructors'
championship.

Thumbs up: The team in Korea put on a great show at the track

Thumbs up: The team in Korea put on a great show at the track

Thumbs up: The team in Korea put on a great show at the track

Raikkonen was fifth ahead of Hulkenberg, Grosjean and the Toro Rosso pair of Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.

Hamilton salvaged a point for 10th,
but will know his chances of leaving McLaren for Mercedes as a world
champion are all but over.

Vettel, who leads the standings for
the first time since May, said: 'I'm very pleased. It's fantastic. The
foundation was to have a good start.

'I wasn't sure because I was starting
on the dirty side, but I had a good launch and managed to get past
Mark. But it wasn't over, it's a long way and even in seventh gear I
could hear Mark coming, but I was able to get a good run to turn three
and pull away.

'We were a bit worried about the
front wheel because we've seen a lot of people locking up and
overshooting the apexes so I am really, really happy.

Gangnam style: Ubiquitous rapper Psy was on hand to teach the drivers his moves

Gangnam style: Ubiquitous rapper Psy was on hand to teach the drivers his moves

Gangnam style: ubiquitous rapper Psy was on hand to teach the drivers his moves

'I'm looking forward to next couple of races. A lot can happen, but we need to focus on ourselves and go from there.'

Alonso admitted he had got the best result possible and knows Ferrari need to find more speed if he is to take the fight to Vettel over the final four races.

He said: 'We have to be happy with the performance today. We finished third and fourth behind the Red Bulls, who are difficult to beat.

'It was a good day for team, for me and for Felipe, and we overtook McLaren in the constructors' championship so we are definitely moving in the right direction. We just need that last step to be as competitive as Red Bull.'

Korean Grand Prix 2012 live: Follow the F1 action from Yeongam

Korean Grand Prix live: Follow all the F1 action as Webber starts from pole

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UPDATED:

07:03 GMT, 14 October 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Formula 1 world championship as the race for the drivers' title heats up between Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso heading into round 16. The Red Bull driver has taken the Spaniard's lead at the top of the table down to four points as the championship moves into the final five rounds starting with the Korean Grand Prix at Yeongam. Send me your thoughts on the action at dan.ripley@dailymail.co.uk or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Korean Grand Prix
Sebastian Vettel leapfrogs Mark Webber to take the lead on the first lap.
Ferrari pair Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa pass Lewis Hamilton to move into third and fourth respectively.
Jenson Button retires after being hit by Kamui Kobayashi

Lap 33: From Sportsmail's Simon Cass:

'So with Webber dropping back and Alonso closing how much of a help can he be to his teammate Vettel in the drivers’ title. The reigning champion has now overtaken the Spaniard at top of the table.

'Hamilton being told he can get sixth if he makes it to the end without stopping. Might as well go bowling…'

Lap 32: And maybe it is two stops for Hamilton, as his team inform him he can make it to the end of the race without stopping. I will be surprised if he does the next 23 tours without a new set of tyres. McLaren inform him sixth is the target.

Lap 31: It's not just Hamilton complaining about his tyres. Even Vettel has tried to force through an early pit stop with his team – and he is hardly pushing out in front.

Lap 29: Webber has woken up finally to close Vettel's lead to eight seconds. Alonso is starting to fall off the back of the Red Bull…and into the clutches of team-mate Masaa. Interesting times.

Lap 28: Hamilton's pit stop puts him down in eighth behind Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean. It's worth noting the McLaren is nursing problems that are hurting the front end grip. It's a damage limitation job for Lewis.

Lap 27: Webber responds to the Alonso charge, by pulling out a 1.5 second lead over the Ferrari driver. Vettel is nine seconds clear of the former out in front.

Lap 26: Not now it's not. Hamilton pits around six laps earlier than expected and I imagine he has now moved on to a three stop strategy.

Lap 25: Third placed Alonso is right on Webber now – closing to within a second of the Red Bull driver. Hamilton and Raikkonen is the only fight on the track – but what a fight it is.

Lap 24: This time Raikkonen easily passes before the long straight, but Hamilton saves his KERS for the run down into the next corner and re passes the Finn on the inside. Superb driving from the 2008 world champion.

Lap 23: Hamilton is struggling desperately for front grip and is now under severe pressure from Raikkonen for fifth.

The Lotus driver tried to pass the Brit around the outside of turn three but Lewis is too wise to fall for that old chestnut – this seems inevitable though.

Lap 22: Vettel leads Webber by over seven seconds now, but Alonso is starting to home in on the Australian as he is closes the gap to two seconds.

Lap 21: And this time it doesn't take long for the Brazilian to pass Hamilton, as he uses the slipstream before the long straight to easily sweep past. Hamilton seems to be nursing some tyre issues judging by his concerned radio messages to his team.

Lap 20: But it's not the Ferrari driver in front Hamilton should be worrying about, it's the one behind with Massa, who once again has homed in on the McLaren star.

Lap 19: Vettel's lead is up to six seconds now with Alonso a further three back. Hamilton still has the Ferrari driver in his sights just a couple of seconds behind.

Sauber have cleared a space in their garage for Kobayashi to retire. That's probably just to prevent him getting into any more scraps today.

Lap 18: Now Raikkonen has passed Perez shortly after turn one, although the Mexican's tyres are looking finished now. One stop isn't going to work, Sergio.

Lap 17: In fact Perez looks to be going backwards now as Massa overtakes him for fifth. It's as you were before the pit window with Vettel comfortably leading Webber, Alonso and Hamilton.

Lap 16: Alonso and Vettel pit, with the former just feeding out in front of Perez.

The Ferrari driver is attacked by the Mexican before the long straight but manages to defend, before a close following Hamilton soon takes advantage to pass the Sauber driver for fourth place.

Lap 15: That looked a bit early, but the rest of the grid soon follows with Raikkonen, Massa and Webber following into the pits.

Lap 14: Hamilton's tyres are starting to grain so he pits for a new set of rubbers – he feeds in behind Sergio Perez.

Comfortable: Sebastian Vettel dominated the early stages of the race

Comfortable: Sebastian Vettel dominated the early stages of the race

Lap 13:
Jenson Button spoke to Sky Sports:

'I was having good drag with Nico then there was a big bang on the right with Kamui
then flying past.

'It's poor driving with this being the pinnacle of motorsport. It's a long
race, it's not two corners long and some people need to learn that.'

Lap 12: From Sportsmail's Simon Cass;

'Some great three a breast racing right through the field on the twisty final sector, that was meant to be the street circuit section but they forgot to build the town…'

Lap 11: In fact Hamilton is in defence mode, with Felipe Massa's scarlet Ferrari probably dominating those McLaren mirrors.

Lap 10: The yellow flags are finally in but that hasn't aided overtaking. The Red Bulls are still comfortably in front, as Alonso also starts to edge clear of Hamilton.

Lap 9: Rosberg was also a victim of Kobayashi's carelessness at the start which aided his retirement and it's his stricken car on the outside of track that is causing the yellow flags. The stewards are making a bit of a mess trying to move it.

Lap 8: As Vettel sets the fastest lap, Kobayashi is handed a drive through penalty – no surprises there.

Lap 7: Track action is limited right now, and that is not being helped by DRS being disabled due to some debris on the track before the long straight. Around eight seconds separate the top six.

Lap 5: It's not just Hamilton keeping up with Alonso too, as Felipe Massa is also running a similar pace in fifth with Raikkonen just behind.

Lap 4: Little surprise to see this is developing into a battle of the Red Bulls.

Alonso cannot keep pace in his Ferrari and he has Hamilton in close company.

Interesting to note that in the top eight, the drivers starting on the dirty side of the grid all gained a place.

Lap 2:
Webber is keeping in close contact with Vettel, while Nico Rosberg has
retired with what looks like an engine problem. Kobayashi pits after
smashing into Button's right front wheel.

Lap 1:
It's happened again! Vettel pounces to overtake Webber at the first
corner, before holding him off going into the long straight.

Alonso at the same time overtook Hamilton but Button is out after being clumsily hit by Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi.

Over the radio to his McLaren team, a furious Button called the Japanese driver an idiot.

Moving up: Sebastian Vettel (right) overtakes team-mate Mark Webber to take the lead

Moving up: Sebastian Vettel (right) overtakes team-mate Mark Webber to take the lead

7.01:
Off they go on the parade lap, all eyes will be on the first four going
into that first corner. Will they stay in the same order

6.58: And a good morning to Sportsmail's Simon Cass, who sends us his musings from Korea:

'The race a the great white elephant of a track is upon us once more.

'The
drivers parade saw them wave to the empty grandstands as they toured the
circuit on a low loader but the Governor of the province also toured
the press room insisting building on hotels and casinos near the track
would be beginning soon.

'I'm not holding my breath and I fear a 'love motel' will be my accommodation once more next year.

'Irrespective
of the failure of this race to fire the imagination of the locals, the
grand prix promises to be a cracker if Ferrari and McLaren can translate
practice race pace into genuine speed for the next two hours.

'Hopefully
a battle royal with Vettel, Webber, Alonso and Hamilton is in the
offing with a Button charge through the field for good measure.'

6.55: Lotus
boss Eric Boullier has targeted a podium today from fifth and seventh
on the grid, but first Romain Grosjean might want to negotiate a first
corner without crashing into someone – the Frenchman starts behind his
team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen.

6.50: As you may gather by Webber's words, the track is bone dry and there doesn't look to be any sign of rain.

So conditions are looking good…or bad if you like the the way rain throws a splash of unpredictability.

6.45: Pole position man Mark Webber spoke to Sky Sports:

'The track looks good. Turns four, five and six are a bit dusty and we may need more front wing but overall it looks fine.'

6.41: This is the third Grand Prix at Yeongam and the previous two hit both ends of the entertainment spectrum.

The first in 2010 was won by Alonso after Vettel's dramatic retirement late on following a soaking wet start.

Once it eventually got going we saw Webber spin out so he will to avoid doing that again today.

2011 was dominated from start to
finish by Vettel who had already won the drivers' championship. It was a
race I believe Red Bull also clinched the constructors title but 2011
wasn't exactly a memorable season.

6.38: Lewis
Hamilton was on the cusp of being eliminated in Q1, Jenson Button's
unfortunate timing with yellow flags saw him eliminated in Q2, so click here for a full recap on yesterday's qualifying session.

6.35:
We've seen Vettel leapfrog his team-mate at the start many times before
and with Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso directly behind, it should
make for an interesting first lap – let alone first corner.

6.30:
So it's a Red Bull driver on pole in a one-two again, but I don't think
many of us would have expected Mark Webber to be leading it this
weekend

The Australian pipped championship chasing Sebastian Vettel in qualifying yesterday, but can he stay there

Closing in: All the championship momentum is with second-placed driver Sebastian Vettel

Closing in: All the championship momentum is with second-placed driver Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton the outsider: Farewell party backfires as McLaren go out with Jenson Button

Hamilton the outsider: Farewell party backfires as McLaren go out with Button

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19:00 GMT, 13 October 2012

Comfort blanket: Lewis Hamilton feels the cold after his decision to quit McLaren

Comfort blanket: Lewis Hamilton feels the cold after his decision to quit McLaren

Lewis Hamilton admits there are those at McLaren who will not be saddened by his departure after almost 15 years with the team.

His attempt to host a farewell party backfired in Japan last weekend when team members opted instead to spend the evening in the company of his team-mate, Jenson Button, he disclosed on the eve of the Korean Grand Prix.

And McLaren chairman Ron Dennis, the man who bankrolled Hamilton’s momentous journey from childhood karting prodigy to Formula One world champion, is no longer on speaking terms with him.

Dennis is believed to be disappointed
that Hamilton’s decision to quit McLaren for Mercedes next season had
been unduly influenced by a grand marketing plan of his management
company XIX Entertainment, led by Simon Fuller, whose most famous
clients are the Spice Girls and David Beckham.

After
claiming third place on the grid for the race in Korea, Hamilton
conceded: ‘There will be people [at McLaren] who are happy I am going,
some who are unhappy I am going. In life, you cannot have 1,000 people
all with you. Some will be sad, some will be supportive. That’s how
things are.’

Hamilton’s plan to host his team on the road in the Far East to a party at a bowling alley in Japan last Saturday fell apart when he discovered the majority had already accepted an invitation from Button to participate in a fun-run for charity.

‘I booked 16 lanes at the bowling on Saturday night, but something else came up,’ he confessed. ‘They were committed to doing the run and went with JB and the rest of the team.’

Growing apart: Relations between Jenson Button and the departing Hamilton at a low

Growing apart: Relations between Jenson Button and the departing Hamilton at a low

Korean GP

Live: 7am, Sky Sports F1 & BBC1
Replay: 2pm, BBC1

1 F ALONSO (Ferrari) 194
2 S VETTEL (Red Bull) 190
3 K RAIKKONEN (Lotus) 157
4 L HAMILTON (McLaren) 152
5 M WEBBER (Red Bull) 134
6 J BUTTON (McLaren) 131
7 N ROSBERG (Mercedes) 93
8 R GROSJEAN (Lotus) 82

Button’s universal popularity within McLaren is undeniable. Yet his relationship with Hamilton, always cordial in the past, has become strained after his team-mate’s injudicious employment of his Twitter account.

In Belgium, Hamilton posted sensitive telemetry after qualifying, to the infuriation of McLaren’s management, and last week he accused Button of ‘unfollowing’ him when his team-mate had never ‘followed’ him. On both occasions, Hamilton had to apologise.

At 32, Button has never had anything in common with Hamilton outside of their shared desire to make McLaren a winning team.

After a poor Q2 qualifying, Button will start from 11th position, but within the paddock there are those who suspect he will have commanded a great deal of assistance as a strategy was devised to assist him deliver a good result.

Strategy: Button begins from 11th spot in Korea, with McLaren looking to boost their man

Strategy: Button begins from 11th spot in Korea, with McLaren looking to boost their man

Former team owner Eddie Jordan, in Korea for the BBC, said: ‘The team are looking to next year and Jenson is the future, not Lewis.’

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh, a natural-born diplomat, is too smart to openly take sides, not least as he still needs Hamilton to win points in the Constructors’ Championship. Yet his evaluation of the race was revealing.

‘Lewis drove a strong lap to qualify third,’ he said. ‘/10/13/article-0-157C08AB000005DC-443_634x440.jpg” width=”634″ height=”440″ alt=”Pole position: Mark Webber is the man to beat” class=”blkBorder” />

Pole position: Mark Webber is the man to beat

The problem for McLaren is that the Red Bull team have gained an obvious advantage on all their rivals, with Mark Webber defeating twice world champion Sebastian Vettel in their duel for pole position. Vettel’s rival for the world title, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, will start alongside Hamilton in fourth place.

For his part, Hamilton is still hopeful of making a dignified exit from McLaren.

‘I am sure at one stage I will be back at the factory,’ he explained. ‘A lot of drivers have come and gone — just left. But I have a good relationship with these people. I did my work experience here when I was at school. I saw all the different areas and workshops. I made some gears and a wishbone. I met a lot of people who are still there today.’

And after winning the 2008 world championship, and a total of 20 grand prix victories, Hamilton insisted: ‘I have never felt that I have not given it my all or anything like that, because I have given it all I have.’

It is a statement that brooks no argument.