Pirelli has hit back at Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard was critical of its tyres following qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver was again off the pace in qualifying and will start down in fifth place as he seeks to try and cut Sebastian Vettel's 60 point advantage in the title race.

Vettel by contrast will start from pole for the third successive race after topping the times.

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Following the session, Alonso was critical of the Pirelli rubber in both Ferrari's post-qualifying press release and also in discussion with the press, stating that the 'quality of the tyres is very on the limit' and that drivers would 'finish the tyres' if they were to push.

Although Alonso did admit that his tyre troubles were only part of the reason for Ferrari's lack of pace, Hembery moved to defend the Italian manufacturer's product, stating that he wasn't impressed with the comments from the double champion.

"Of course Alonso is one of the great F1 drivers, so to hear such comments is disappointing and below the standards you would expect from such a champion," he was quoted by Reuters.

"I can only suggest he goes to ask the soon-to-be four-times champion how to get the best from the same tyres."