Lewis Hamilton comes out of his shell and takes pole in Korea!
The world champion settles for second and focuses on the race.
Button and Webber take up the second row.
Hamilton: “I am happy. I am very happy I am happy to be here and very proud of what the team have been able to achieve over the course of the last few races and for Jenson to have won the last race and us to be on front two rows again and us the only ones able to compete with Red Bull.
I am very happy. But tomorrow is what counts.
It is probably one of the first positives I have had a for a while, so to be back on pole is a great feeling of course.
But tomorrow is the most important day. We had some difficult races in the past, so hopefully I’ll try to redeem myself tomorrow and as long as we can get some strong points for the team as they have worked hard. I hope tomorrow me and Jenson can repay them.”
Vettel: “To be honest I think McLaren was very very competitive yesterday,” said Vettel. “I know conditions were completely different, but you can see they were a fair chunk ahead of everyone else – as well as this morning in the dry.
Once again, we pushed them very, very hard in qualifying and got very close, closer than probably they expected and closer than we expected so we did a very good job in qualifying.
We saved all our prime tyres which will be crucial tomorrow.
It’s not a long way down to the first corner and Turn 3 is a little bit exposed. It’s a long race, lots of things can happen. Tyre wear is crucial and Jenson did a good race last race, so that will be important tomorrow.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.820s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.042s + 0.222 3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.126s + 0.306 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.468s + 0.648 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.831s + 1.011 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.980s + 1.160 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.754s + 1.934 8. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m38.124s + 2.304 9. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes no time 10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes no time Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.254s Gap ** 11. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.315s + 1.789 12. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.354s + 1.828 13. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.508s + 1.982 14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.775s + 2.249 15. Bruno Senna Renault 1m38.791s + 2.265 16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m39.189s + 2.663 17. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.443s + 2.917 Q1 cut-off time: 1m39.464s Gap * 18. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m39.538s + 2.013 19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m40.522s + 2.997 20. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m41.101s + 3.576 21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m42.091s + 4.566 22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m43.483s + 5.958 23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m43.758s + 6.233 24. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth no time