Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the second-ever Korean Grand Prix after a tense four-way shoot-out between McLaren and Red Bull in the final ten-minute phase of qualifying, ending the champion-elect's run of qualifying success at the 16th attempt.

Hamilton had been fastest throughout the three-phase session, but still had to contend with pressure from McLaren team-mate Jenson Button and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. First across the line, the Briton - a troubled soul at recent races - lowered the benchmark to 1min 35.820secs, and then watched as his rivals failed, narrowly, to match his time. Button followed his team-mate home, but dropped three tenths in the second half of the lap, while Vettel pulled enough out of his RB7 to split the two silver machines.

Hamilton's pole also denied Red Bull a record 16th pole in a single season, although there are three races remaining for Vettel and team-mate Mark Webber - who aborted his final run - to redress that issue.

Webber will start alongside Button, on the outside of row two, while Felipe Massa and Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso fill row three. Nico Rosberg, Vitaly Petrov and the Force Indias of Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil, neither of whom completed a flying lap, round out the top ten.

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