F1 2010 World Championship leader Mark Webber
has reflected that even if Fernando Alonso
does pip him away from the starting line in tomorrow's inaugural Korean Grand Prix, it will not 'make or break' his bid for the drivers' crown – as he professed himself confident that he is in 'a good position' for the race.
Having traded lap times with Red Bull
Racing team-mate and title rival Sebastian Vettel
throughout free practice and the opening two phases of qualifying around the Korea International Circuit, Webber wasted his opening effort in the all-important Q3 top ten shoot-out with an error, and whilst his final attempt was enough to displace earlier pace-setter Alonso, it came up seven hundredths of a second shy of getting the better of Vettel.
That means the young German – who is playing catch-up in the pair's world championship duel – will not only carry a vital psychological edge into Sunday, but perhaps even more significantly still, he will be starting from the clean side of the track, and Webber the dirty side that has yet to be used at all. Worse still, the Australian's getaways of late have been iffy to say the least – but if he is worried, he does a good job of hiding it.
“I wasn't that happy on my first timed laps to be honest, so it was more comfortable for me to do two timed laps for my last run,” the 34-year-old explained. “It worked out okay, but obviously it was very close with Seb and I got second on the grid. It's not a bad position to start the race, but it would have been nice to get pole.
“Still, we can get a good result from there. I'm starting on the dirty side of the grid tomorrow and Fernando will be solid off the line, but that's not going to make or break the championship, so we'll press on from there. We're certainly in a good position.”