YEONGAM, South Korea (AP) — Mark Webber took the pole position Saturday for the Korean Grand Prix, upstaging Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Lewis Hamilton.
The Australian stormed to pole on the last lap of qualifying, finishing 0.074 seconds ahead of Vettel. Hamilton was third followed by championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth, meaning the top five in the Formula One standings fill the top five grid slots, raising the prospects of a vital shootout Sunday.
"I was happy with my lap there, it was solid and it's good to get pole," Webber said. "It's a great place to start the race from. I'm looking to get off the first corner very well, that's important as there are two long straights after that."
Vettel has won the past two races, in Singapore and Japan, and would overtake Alonso in the standings with a third consecutive win Sunday. The German dominated the practice sessions and topped the times in the first two sessions of qualifying, but when it mattered, he could not match the time set by his teammate.
"On the last run, I had to back off starting the lap as (Felipe) Massa was there, it wasn't his fault, but I had to back off," Vettel said. "Nevertheless, the second lap in Q3 wasn't good enough."