Korean GP: Sebastian Vettel beats Hamilton to pole

    Despite the competitive Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel took his third straight Formula 1 pole in the Korean Grand Prix qualifying.

    Published On Oct 05, 2013 06:37:00 PM

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    Korean GP: Sebastian Vettel beats Hamilton to pole

    Sebastian Vettel took his third straight Formula 1 pole as he beat Lewis Hamilton in Korean Grand Prix qualifying.

    Practice had suggested that Mercedes would be able to give Red Bull a much harder time in qualifying at least at Yeongam.

    But in the event Sebastian Vettel's initial Q3 lap of 1m37.202s put him 0.308 seconds clear of the leading Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton.

    That lap had put Hamilton in third behind the second Red Bull of Mark Webber.

    Although Hamilton was able to get ahead of the Australian on his final pole shot, he was still 0.218s adrift of Vettel, who was able to back off his own last lap, confident pole was secure.

    Webber also abandoned his final lap and stayed third in the times, which will become 13th on the grid when his 10-place grid penalty for accumulating three driving reprimands is applied.

    That will elevate Romain Grosjean to third, the Lotus driver having outpaced the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

    Grosjean's team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage 10th, 1.3s slower.

    For the first time this year, Sauber got both cars into Q3, with Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez eighth and ninth quickest.

    Sauber's qualifying breakthrough came at McLaren's expense.

    Despite encouraging signs in practice, the silver cars found themselves back in 11th and 12th, with Sergio Perez and Jenson Button missing Q3 by just 0.035s and 0.038s respectively.

    The Toro Rossos and Force Indias were also eliminated in Q2, while neither Williams made it beyond Q1, although Valtteri Bottas could at least be pleased to outqualify Pastor Maldonado by half a second.

    Charles Pic squeezed ahead of Caterham team-mate Giedo van der Garde by 0.007s to lead the rear quartet.

    Pos Driver                Team                 Time            Gap   
     1. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m37.202s
     2. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes             1m37.420s  +0.218s
     3. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m37.464s  +0.262s
     4. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m37.531s  +0.329s
     5. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m37.679s  +0.477s
     6. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m38.038s  +0.836s
     7. Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m38.223s  +1.021s
     8. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.237s  +1.035s
     9. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.405s  +1.203s
    10. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m38.822s  +1.620s
    Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.327s                                   Gap **
    11. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.362s  +0.793s
    12. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m38.365s  +0.796s
    13. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m38.417s  +0.848s
    14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m38.431s  +0.862s
    15. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m38.718s  +1.149s
    16. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m38.781s  +1.212s
    Q1 cut-off time: 1m39.175s                                    Gap *
    17. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault     1m39.470s  +1.129s
    18. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m39.987s  +1.646s
    19. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault     1m40.864s  +2.523s
    20. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault     1m40.871s  +2.530s
    21. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth    1m41.169s  +2.828s
    22. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth    1m41.322s  +2.981s
    

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