Webber snatches Korean pole

By on Saturday, October 13, 2012

Photo credit: Red Bull GEPA

Mark Webber stormed to his second pole position of the season at the Korean International Circuit.

The Australian's time of 1:37.242 was just 0.074s faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who made an error on his final Q3 lap.

Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso will line up on the second row of the grid, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

Romain Grosjean heads the fourth row of the grid, alongside Nico Hulkenberg, while the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher lock out the fifth row of the grid.

Jenson Button was the main high profile exit from Q2. The Brit slowed for yellow flags in the final sector, caused by Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso stopping with a gearbox problem, while other rivals did not.

Sauber drivers Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi could manage only twelfth and thirteenth, ahead of Paul di Resta, Pastor Maldonado, the aforementioned Ricciardo and his team mate Jean Eric Vergne.

Bruno Senna failed to make it through to Q2 and qualified eighteenth. Charles Pic beat team mate Timo Glock but drops to the back of the field as Marussia has fitted a ninth engine of the season to his car. Narain Karthikeyan failed to set a lap time after a brake failure at Turn 3 sent him spinning into the run off area.

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