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Qualifying - Vettel powers to pole position in Korea 05 Oct 2013

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1, pole sitter Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing and Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing celebrate in parc ferme.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton is the only driver to go quicker on his second timed lap - good enough for second on the grid Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Sauber C32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd14, Korean Grand Prix, Qualifying, Korea International Circuit, Yeongam, South Korea, Saturday, 5 October 2013 The chequered flag falls in Q2. Force India's Paul di Resta fails to reach the top-10 shootout while, behind him on track, Felipe Massa squeezes into Q3 for Ferrari

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel continued his brilliant recent run of form by beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton to pole position in Yeongam on Saturday afternoon.

The world championship leader’s first run in Q3 yielded a lap of 1m 37.202s and Hamilton was unable to get any closer than 0.218s to the German, handing Vettel his sixth pole position of the season and the 42nd of his career.

The other Red Bull of Mark Webber was third quickest, but he will start 13th following the ten-place grid penalty he earned in Singapore for accumulating his third stewards' reprimand of the season.

Unusually, many runners went for the supersoft tyres as early as Q1, where Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen used them to go fastest on 1m 38.341s. Hamilton and Vettel elected not to use them, and ended up sixth and seventh respectively.

Further back Force India’s Paul di Resta was lucky to get through as he lost time in the final sector behind the Marussia of Jules Bianchi. He lapped in 1m 39.185s, but fortunately for him that kept him well ahead of Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, who was the first runner not to make Q2 with 1m 39.470s. The Finn was followed by team mate Pastor Maldonado on 1m 39.987s.

Then came the Caterhams, with Charles Pic narrowly out-qualifying Giedo van der Garde, 1m 40.864s to 1m 40.871s. On the final row of the grid Bianchi outpaced Marussia team mate Max Chilton, but it was close: 1m 41.169s to 1m 41.322s.

In Q2 Vettel set the pace with 1m 37.569s, as Sergio Perez turned the tables on McLaren team mate Jenson Button when the latter came up behind Raikkonen’s Lotus. The Mexican lapped in 1m 38.362s and will start 10th, with the Englishman just three-thousandths of a second slower. Gutierrez, the final runner through to Q3, had lapped in 1m 38.327s.

Daniel Ricciardo will start 12th for Toro Rosso having clocked 1m 38.417s, whilst his team mate Jean-Eric Vergne was 16th fastest in the sister car on 1m 38.781s. The Force Indias separated them, with Adrian Sutil 14th on 1m 38.431s and Di Resta 15th on 1m 38.718s.

In Q3 Vettel laid down the gauntlet on his first run with a 1m 37.202s, ahead of Webber, Hamilton, Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and the other Mercedes of Nico Rosberg. On their second runs, Grosjean grabbed fourth with 1m 37.531s, whilst Rosberg failed to better his first run time of 1m 37.679s and Webber aborted his final lap when he made a mistake. But Hamilton was as game as ever and trimmed down to 1m 37.420s to take second place. The moment he realised he wouldn’t be beaten, Vettel backed off from his second run to save tyres.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was sixth fastest on 1m 38.038s with team mate Felipe Massa right with him on 1m 38.223s but only just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg who impressed again for Sauber on 1m 38.237s. His team mate Esteban Gutierrez was also impressive with ninth quickest on 1m 38.405s, whilst Raikkonen was tenth on 1m 38.822s.

With Webber’s penalty taken into account, the grid lines up thus: Vettel, Hamilton; Grosjean, Rosberg; Alonso, Massa; Hulkenberg, Gutierrez; Raikkonen, Perez; Button, Ricciardo; Webber, Sutil; Di Resta, Vergne; Bottas, Maldonado; Pic, Van der Garde; Bianchi, Chilton.

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