The starting grid for the 2013 Formula One Korean Grand Prix was decided in the final moments of today’s qualifying session. Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel was barely ahead of his rivals but in the end he ended up posting a blistering 1:37.202 to secure pole position. Starting next to him at the front of the grid will be Mercedes AMG’s Lewis Hamilton, whose 1:37.420 was only a fraction of a second off the pace of Vettel.

Vettel’s Red Bull Racing teammate Mark Webber was third fastest with a time of 1:37.464 for the circuit in Yeongam, though the Australian will start tomorrow’s race at 13th because of a ten-place grid penalty handed down to him at the previous Singapore Grand Prix where he received his third stewards' reprimand of the season.

This has handed the third spot on the grid to Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, who was fourth fastest. Next to him to will be Mercedes AMG’s other driver Nico Rosberg, who was fifth fastest. Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were sixth and seventh fastest respectively, but they will both start from the third row because of Webber’s penalty.

Filling out the remaining spots in the top ten are Sauber drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Esteban Gutierrez in seventh and eight spots, Lotus’ other driver Kimi Räikkönen in ninth and finally McLaren’s Sergio Perez in 10th.

The current weather forecast for tomorrow’s race calls for a peak temperature of 79 degrees F (26 degrees C), a chance of a thunderstorm and humidity of 78 percent. Pirelli has brought its P Zero White medium and P Zero Red supersoft tires, along with its Cinturato wets just in case.

Going into the race, Sebastian Vettel sits atop the Drivers’ Championship ladder with 247 points. Next is Fernando Alonso with 187 points followed by Lewis Hamilton with 151 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Red Bull Racing commands 377 points versus the 274 points of Ferrari and the 267 points of Mercedes AMG.


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