Vettel frustrated, Webber joy
Sebastian Vettel was frustrated to lose out on pole position having dominated the first two sessions of qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix.
The Red Bull driver, who is four points behind championship leader Fernando Alonso, was pipped to pole by team-mate Mark Webber, although he qualified two places above Alonso, with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton in third.
"Overall we can be very happy with the result," said the German. "We were quite quick in the first and second qualifying sessions and had a good start to Q3.
"On the last run, I had to back off starting the lap as Massa was there, it wasn't his fault, but I had to back off.
"Nevertheless, the second lap in Q3 wasn't good enough. I lost time in the middle sector, which seemed to be okay all weekend, but when the circuit ramped I wasn't able to go with it, so I lost a bit, but second is a good position so start from.
"There are long straights near the start, so it could be interesting tomorrow."
Webber, meanwhile, was delighted.
"Very very happy to get the job done," said Webber after securing the 11th pole of his career.
"It was a reasonable lap. It's been a tricky last few weeks for me."
Webber has seen his own championship hopes fade after finishes of 20th, 11th and ninth in the last three races.
"It's a great place to start the race from. I'm looking to get off the first corner very well, that's important as there are two long straights after that."
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