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Vettel lands pole position for Korean Grand Prix

Germany’s Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the Korean Grand Prix. This will be the third consecutive race in which the leader in the drivers’ standings will start from first in the grid.

Red Bull driver Vettel set a time of one minute, 37.202 seconds on the Yeongam circuit on Saturday, two tenths of a second better than Lewis Hamilton of Britain, who will line up beside the German on Sunday.

Vettel's Red Bull team-mate and bitter rival, the Australian driver Mark Webber, was third fastest in qualifying, but will start from 13th position due to a 10-grid-place penalty opposed following the last Formula One race in Singapore.

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was fourth-fastest on the South Korean course, ahead of German Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg. They, along with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who finished sixth, will each move up a place in the grid due to Webber's penalty.

On Sunday, Vettel, the defending drivers'champion, will be looking to pad his 60-point lead over second place Alonso in the standings. Hamilton, the third-best driver this year, trails by a further 36 points.

pfd/tj (dpa, Reuters, AP)