In a foggy qualifying session the Red Bull duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber captured the starting grid front row for tomorrow's inaugural Korean grand prix. Despite Ferrari's Fernando Alonso setting the pace on his first and second run at 1m 35.766s, Vettel managed to squeeze by with a pole setting time of 1m 35.585s only to be followed seconds later by Webber clocking 1m 35.659s on his third lap.

Rounding out the second row McLaren's Lewis Hamilton settled for fourth after making an error.

Showing a bit of strength, Mercedes GP's Nico Rosberg placed fifth followed by Ferrari's Felipe Massa.

Championship contended Jenson Button struggled in his McLaren MP4-26 throughout the session with a time of 1m 36.731s. Next to Button in 8th position on the grid will be Renault's Robert Kubica who managed 1m 36.824s.

Rounding out the top ten are ex-teammates Michael Schumacher for Mercedes GP and Williams' Rubens Barrichello with 1m 36.950s and 1m 36.998s respectively.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:37.123 1:36.074 1:35.585 19
2 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:37.373 1:36.039 1:35.659 21
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.144 1:36.287 1:35.766 23
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.113 1:36.197 1:36.062 20
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:37.708 1:36.791 1:36.535 18
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.515 1:36.169 1:36.571 18
7 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.123 1:37.064 1:36.731 21
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:37.703 1:37.179 1:36.824 21
9 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:37.980 1:37.077 1:36.950 22
10 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:38.257 1:37.511 1:36.998 25
11 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:38.115 1:37.620   18
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.429 1:37.643   15
13 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.171 1:37.715   16
14 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.572 1:37.783   18
15 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:38.174 1:37.799   18
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:38.583 1:37.853   18
17 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:38.621 1:38.594   16
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:38.955     10
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:40.521     10
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:40.748     8
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:41.768     9
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.325     10
23 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:42.444     10
24 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:43.283     7

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