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Webber snatches pole in Korea

Published time: October 13, 2012 11:11
Edited time: October 13, 2012 15:31
Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia reacts after taking the pole position for the Formula One Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam on October 13, 2012. (AFP Photo / Philippe Lopez)

Red Bull driver Mark Webber of Australia reacts after taking the pole position for the Formula One Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam on October 13, 2012. (AFP Photo / Philippe Lopez)

Red Bull driver Mark Webber upstaged his teammate Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position for the Formula One Korean Grand Prix.

Webber made his move on the last lap of the qualifying round, finishing just 0.074 seconds ahead of Vettel to secure the pole spot in Sunday’s race.

“I was happy with my lap there, it was solid and it's good to get pole,”
Webber said after earning his second pole of the season after Monaco. “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.”

Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was third, followed by championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari. Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth, meaning the top five in the drivers' championship standings took the top five grid slots.

Vettel, who won his past two races in Singapore and Japan, could overtake Alonso in the standings with a third consecutive win on Sunday.

He dominated all of the practice sessions in Korea, but failed to edge out Wettel when it mattered the most.

The German can take some comfort in the fact that neither pole-sitter in the first two editions of the Korean Grand Prix went on to win the race.

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