Mark Webber admitted that he had compromised his pace in qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix
after focusing on making sure he had the right set-up for race day at the Yeongam circuit.
The Australian was third fastest behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel
and the Mercdes of Lewis Hamilton
but will start the race from 13th on the grid thanks to the penalty he picked up for his 'taxi ride' with Fernando Alonso, which was his third reprimand of the year.
Speaking following the session, Webber admitted that outright pace had been taken out of the car in order to look at race day but said he was confident of coming through the field as a result.
“We had to take a bit of pace out of the car for qualifying,” he said. “It wasn't much, but it was about how we would compromise between qualifying and the race tomorrow as we knew we couldn't be on pole.
“I'm pretty happy, I could be two positions further up but that would mean, with the penalty, I would be eleventh rather than 13th. It was a pretty tight qualifying with the two Mercedes, Seb and myself and tomorrow will be interesting.
“I'll fight hard to come back through and we've made improvements to the car since yesterday. Of course conditions have been different today and will be different again tomorrow, so we need to look at what we need for the race and see how we go.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner meanwhile was full of praise for the Australian for his showing on track.
“It was a very strong performance from Mark,” he said. “It's a shame that he now has to take a ten-place penalty, but we've set the car up with that in mind and hopefully he can make good progress tomorrow.”