Webber Beats Red Bull Teammate Vettel for Korean Grand Prix Pole

Mark Webber beat Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel for pole position at today’s Korean Grand Prix.

Webber posted a time of 1 minute, 37.242 seconds on his final qualifying run to edge two-time defending world champion Vettel, who completed his last lap around the Korea International Circuit at Yeongam in 1:37.316.

“It was a reasonable lap and we did it when it counted,” Webber told reporters yesterday. “Tomorrow’s the main day and we’re in good position to get a good result.”

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and series leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari will start on the second row in front of Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

Alonso leads Vettel in the standings by four points with five races left. Vettel has won the past two races to close the gap on the Spaniard.

“Our aim tomorrow? It’s very simple, to finish ahead of Vettel,” Alonso told reporters. “From now on, how many points one has overall will not count for much, it will be scoring one more than my closest rival that matters.”

Romain Grosjean of Lotus, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Mercedes teammates Nico Rosbereg and Michael Schumacher rounded out the top-10 qualifiers.

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