Red Bull fend off Ferrari for Vettel pole

Sebastian Vettel starts tomorrow's inaugural Korean Grand Prix from pole position after a flawless performance in qualifying today, with team-mate Mark Webber completing a Red Bull front row lock-out in second place. Both drivers left it very late in Q3 to set their fastest laptimes, demoting Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to third, while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton starts fourth.

Having made their way through to the final pole position shoot-out, most drivers completed two runs, after the first of which Alonso held top spot on a time of 1m35.927s, just fractions of a second clear of ultimate pole man Vettel who set an initial laptime of 1m36.000s.