Sebastian Vettel said he wasn't blaming Felipe Massa for his failure to secure pole for the Korean Grand Prix.

Vettel had topped the times in the two opening phases of qualifying for Red Bull and then led the way after his first run in the top ten shootout.

However, having seen team-mate Mark Webber go quicker, Vettel was then unable to respond having come across Massa's Ferrari just before the start of his final flying lap.

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The German was heard on his in-car radio asking the team why they hadn't told him that Massa was ahead on track but speaking after the session, he said he couldn't blame his failure to take pole on the Ferrari man.

"Overall I think we can be very happy with the result obviously," he said. "We were quite quick in the first qualifying session, quite quick in the second one and then had a good start to Q3.

"On the last run, I don't want to blame it on Felipe, I thought he was coming in but then on the last sector he was right in front of me so I had to back-off. It's not ideal, just starting a timed lap, and having to back off but I think the second lap wasn't good enough anyway. It seemed to be okay all weekend, but when the circuit ramped up, I wasn't able to go with it.

"I don't like all these discussions [regarding blame] and we've had a lot of them lately. These things happen, it's not Felipe's fault at all. I should have known earlier. If anything it was my mistake. I might have lost a little bit but I'm not a fan of blaming anyone or anything for a certain result or not.

"Although I lost a little bit, I think second is a very good position to start from. Obviously around here you never know - you have a long straight, straight away after the start, so it could be interesting tomorrow."