"Why did you not tell me about Massa" that radio call from Vettel to his pit wall was one of the more ridiculous driver excuses I have ever heard. Is Seb that nervous about the prospect of having to pass his own Red Bull mate in Korea?
The track in Korea is a maze of concrete walls built on a swamp, it's an abomination where passing will be in the pits or in the DRS zone but the race tomorrow has potential for greatness.
Starting on pole is crucial on this very psychotic track and Webber obviously not read the script and managed to get his first pole of the season (discounting Monaco).
Red Bull might hope Webber has yet another crap start, not a great strategy. Or they get Webber to let Vettel through on the first lap, another bad option since for sure Alonso and Hamilton will be going for the same hole.
Yeongam has long straight and Ferrari is trimmed for a higher top speed than Red Bull, something that might prove crucial on Sunday. Vettel will have Webber Alonso marking him and Hamilton likely to attack like crazy along with Massa, still without a contract in his pocket and Raikkonen who needs a good result to stay in the leaders group.
Pace, especially in race trim is much closer than in Japan and much will depend on tire strategy though I would doubt top guys would risk a one stopper.
Pass the popcorn!
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m37.242s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.316s + 0.074 3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.469s + 0.227 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.534s + 0.292 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m37.625s + 0.383 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m37.884s + 0.642 7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.934s + 0.692 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m38.266s + 1.024 9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.361s + 1.119 10. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.513s + 1.271 Q2 cut-off time: 1m38.436s Gap ** 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.441s + 0.674 12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.460s + 0.693 13. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.594s + 0.827 14. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m38.643s + 0.876 15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.725s + 0.958 16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.084s + 1.317 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.340s + 1.573 Q1 cut-off time: 1m39.180s Gap * 18. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m39.443s + 1.235 19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m40.207s + 1.999 20. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m40.333s + 2.125 21. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.317s + 3.109 22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.371s + 3.163 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m42.881s + 4.673 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth no time 107% time: 1m45.082s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2