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Vettel on pole for Korean GP

Sebastian Vettel claimed a ninth pole position of the year in a nail-biting qualifying session for the inaugural Korean GP.
Sebastian Vettel snatched a last-gasp pole position for the inaugural Korean Grand Prix, while team-mate Mark Webber also improved on his last lap to push Ferrari's Fernando Alonso off the front row of the grid.

The Spaniard had looked good for pole until the dying seconds, having clocked the first lap in the 1min 35secs bracket, but had no answer to the Red Bulls as Vettel and Webber ran last on track. The German, who now has nine pole positions this season, made up time in the final sector of the lap to demote Alonso by a couple of tenths, while Webber, who had slotted in behind the Ferrari on his penultimate run, improved on his last to join his team-mate on the front row.

Alonso, however, had enough in hand to ensure that he was not passed by McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, leaving the Briton, like Webber, on the dirtier side of the Yeongam grid. Hamilton very nearly didn't make his second run, having survived a hairy moment entering the pits that sent him across the grass rather than through the conventional entry.

Nico Rosberg got the better of the second Ferrari of Felipe Massa, after the Brazilian proved unable to build on his impressive Q2 run, while Jenson Button could do no better than seventh after struggling with his McLaren. There were no Suzuka-esque heroics from Robert Kubica, who nevertheless managed to out-pace Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello in the battle for eighth.

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Sebastian Vettel says goodbye to Red Bull. Pic credit: Red Bull Racing

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50 Cent - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 7:21 AM

Congrats Vettel! Nicely done. it will be another processional race till the end and we will see Vet and Webb 1 and 2 again unless something unexpected happens.

cmc1 - Unregistered

October 23, 2010 8:38 AM

Now is the time for Webber to start racing for team Mark and ditch team Marko. The world championship is a stake here and as Horner has affirmed they are not going to repeat the mistakes of 2010 as they have never had Webber's back this year and denying it has made RBR look out right fools. RBR had turn there back on Webber when Vettel won his maiden race with Toro Rosso. He has three more opportunities to race Vettel in an equally performing race car. And I don't think Webber want's to wake up in 2011 wonder why he just watched his championship aspiration fade before him as he followed his team mate around the race track.

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