Webber beats Vettel to pole in Korea

Mark Webber will start tomorrows Korean Grand Prix from pole position after beating teammate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying.

Webber’s last run in Q3 was enough to move him ahead of Vettel, giving Red Bull a front row lock out. Behind them Lewis Hamilton qualified third after only narrowly making Q2 having finished Q1 in 17th. Fernando Alonso had similar problems in Q1 finishing only 16th but managed to make it through to Q3 and qualify fourth.

Lotus’ upgrades allowed Kimi Raikkonen to take fifth whilst teammate Romain Grosjean took seventh. The two drivers were split by the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa who qualified sixth.

Behind them Nico Hulkenberg qualified eighth in the Force India and the two Mercedes made up the top ten, with Nico Rosberg qualifying ninth ahead of Michael Schumacher.

One of the surprises of qualifying was Jenson Button failing to make Q3 after a mistake on his first lap in Q2. Yellow flags caused by Daniel Ricciardo’s Toro Rosso denied Button the chance to improve and he will start from 11th tomorrow.

Sauber looked to be struggling this weekend and only managed to qualify 12th and 13th ahead of Paul di Resta in 14th. Pastor Maldonado qualified 15th for Williams as teammate Bruno Senna failed to make Q2 only qualifying 18th. Behind Maldonado the Toro Rosso’s qualified 16th and 17th.

At the back of the grid the Caterhams line up ahead of the Marussias and HRTs, with Narain Karthikeyan failing to set a time.

Webber will be hoping that he can convert his pole position into his third win of the season and take the chance of getting his championship back on track. If Webber can replicate the form of Vettel last weekend in Japan then a win in Korea is possible.


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