YEONGAM, South Korea (AP) — Sebastian Vettel's extraordinary dominance of Formula One continued on Saturday when he claimed the pole position for the Korean Grand Prix.
The German has taken the pole for three straight races — winning the first two. He's aiming for a third consecutive win at the Yeongam circuit and, most importantly, a fourth consecutive F1 championship.
Vettel set his pole time early in the final qualifying session, and was able to abort his final flying lap when nearest challenger Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes came up 0.2 seconds short in his bid to beat Vettel's time.
"I had a very, very good lap in Q3 at my first attempt, and I knew that would be tricky to beat myself," Vettel said.
"Fortunately the first lap was good enough," he added. "Mercedes was pretty strong."
Hamilton had been the fastest in Friday's practice, but Mercedes could not improve the car as much overnight as Red Bull did.
Still, Hamilton said he was satisfied with second.
"I felt I got the most out of the car," the British driver said. "In general it's been a good weekend and I really hope tomorrow we can fight with them (Red Bull)."
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