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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Korea: Qualifying

Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany waves as he celebrates taking pole position after the qualifying session at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam October 23, 2010. Red Bull Formula One driver Mark Webber of Australia was second and Ferrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain third fastest.  REUTERS/Lee Jae-Won (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING)

Red Bull locked up the front row once more, Sebastian Vettel edging Mark Webber for pole in tomorrow’s inaugural Korean Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso starts third in the Ferrari, while Lewis Hamilton slots into fourth in the best of the McLarens. It was a tough session for Hamilton teammate Jenson Button, who will start on the fourth row next to Robert Kubica after qualifying seventh.

In between, on row three, lie Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, fith and sixth respectively.

In other news, Michael Schumacher escaped a penalty but was reprimanded for breaching Article 16.1 of the sporting regulations for impeding old friend Rubens Barrichello during Q2.

And a plan to boost attendance backfired when organizers refused to honor daily passes issued by the host province free of charge, turning away hundreds of potential fans.

Fans waiting in a queue are stopped by security at an entrance of the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam October 23, 2010. A plan by South Korean hosts of their inaugural Grand Prix to boost ticket sales has embarrassed organisers and left fans stranded at the gates. Hundreds, including school children, were turned away on Saturday when organisers refused to honour daily passes that had been issued by the hosting South Jeolla province free of charge. The first South Korean F1 GP race will be held on Sunday.  REUTERS/Ahn Hyun-joo/Newsis (SOUTH KOREA - Tags: SPORT MOTOR RACING BUSINESS) NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. SOUTH KOREA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN SOUTH KOREA.  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Qualifying result
  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:35.585
  2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1:35.659
  3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:35.766
  4. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:36.062
  5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:36.535
  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:36.571
  7. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:36.731
  8. Robert Kubica (Poland) Renault 1:36.824
  9. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:36.950
  10. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams - Cosworth 1:36.998
  11. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1:37.620
  12. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:37.643
  13. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber - Ferrari 1:37.715
  14. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1:37.783
  15. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault 1:37.799
  16. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:37.853
  17. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso - Ferrari 1:38.594
  18. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Force India - Mercedes 1:38.955
  19. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus - Cosworth 1:40.521
  20. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin - Cosworth 1:40.748
  21. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus - Cosworth 1:41.768
  22. Lucas Di Grassi (Brazil) Virgin - Cosworth 1:42.325
  23. Sakon Yamamoto (Japan) HRT - Cosworth 1:42.444
  24. Bruno Senna (Brazil) HRT - Cosworth 1:43.283

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