Webber on pole in Korea

13 Oct, 2012 9:24am

Mark Webber qualifies on pole for the Korean GP, ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton

Mark Webber has claimed a surprise pole position for the Korean Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel had looked certain for pole thanks to a dominant performance in final practice, while Webber spent most of the session in his garage with an engine software problem.

But when it mattered, the Australian driver pulled off a stunning final flyer, which allowed him to snatch pole from his teammate by just 0.074 seconds, for the second Red Bull front row lock-out in as many weeks.

Webber said: "Most qualifying sessions have been very tight and I'm very happy to get the job done today. It was a reasonable lap and we did it when it counted. Tomorrow is the main day and I'm in a good position to get a good result."

Lewis Hamilton was third fastest, ahead of championship leader Fernando Alonso and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and fifth respectively.

Felipe Massa will start from sixth place, ahead of Romain Grosjean and Nico Hulkenberg. Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher complete the top 10.

Jenson Button will start from 11th on the grid. The McLaren driver failed to make it into the final qualifying session after making a mistake on his first run of Q2. He locked his front wheel and failed to improve on his time when the yellow flags were brought out for Daniel Ricciardo.

The Toro Rosso driver was forced to stop on track with a gearbox problem, and will start 16th just ahead of his teammate Jean-Eric Vergne.

Marussia's Charles Pic managed to out-qualify his more experienced teammate, Timo Glock, but will start the race last following a 10-place penalty for an engine change.

Narain Karthikeyan failed to set a time after a dramatic spin at the very start of qualifying. He was able to get back to the pits but a broken brake disc put an end to his session.

This means that Karthikeyan is the only driver not to meet the 107 per cent requirements, and will only race at the stewards' discretion.

2012 Korean Grand Prix grid

Position Driver Team Time
1 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1'37.242
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1'37.316
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1'37.469
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1'37.534
5 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1'37.625
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1'37.884
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1'37.934
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1'38.266
9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1'38.361
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1'38.513
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1'38.441
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1'38.460
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1'38.594
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1'38.643
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1'38.725
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1'39.084
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1'39.340
18 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1'39.443
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1'40.207
20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1'40.333
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1'41.371
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1'42.881
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth* No time
24 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth** 1'41.317

107 per cent time: 1'45.082

* Didn't set a time
** 10-place grid penalty for an engine change