Friday, 14 October 2011

Korean Grand Prix 2011: Lewis Hamilton claims pole position ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel

After a run of abysmal form that has left him self-critical, the 26 year-old finally hooked up his McLaren to give him pole, 15 months after his last in Canada.
Hamilton beat newly-crowned two-time champion Sebastian Vettel by 0.222secs as he dominated qualifying for tomorrow's Korean Grand Prix.
It means Red Bull's run of 16 consecutive pole positions is now at end, falling eight short of Williams' mark set in 1992/93.
 Korean Grand Prix 2011: Lewis Hamilton claims pole position ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel
It was thoroughly deserved for Hamilton, who appears to have rediscovered his mojo this weekend after finishing quickest in final practice earlier today and then in all three qualifying sessions.
Red Bull star Vettel at least had the small satisfaction of denying McLaren their first all-front row for 41 races as the 24 year-old pipped Jenson Button into third by 0.084secs at the death.Vettel's team-mate Mark Webber will start fourth, with the Ferrari duo of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso fifth and sixth, the duo over a second down on Hamilton.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg starts seventh, ahead of Renault's Vitaly Petrov, whilst Paul di Resta made it into the top 10 for the fourth time this year and will start ninth in his Force India.
The Scot at least went out in the final session, albeit not setting a time, unlike team-mate Adrian Sutil who opted not to leave his garage and so will line up 10th.
Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari led those who dropped out of Q2, the Spaniard beaten by 0.061secs by Di Resta who produced a stunning last lap to make the top 10.
Michael Schumacher finished half a second behind team-mate Rosberg and will start 12th, with Sebastien Buemi in his Toro Rosso 13th.
The Saubers of Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez line up 14th and 17th, sandwiching Renault's Bruno Senna - 0.6secs down on Petrov - and Williams' Pastor Maldonado.
For only the second time this season, and first since the Spanish Grand Prix in May, Rubens Barrichello failed to make it out of the initial 20-minute Q1.

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