Hamilton breaks Red Bull’s pole stranglehold

Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren

Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren

Lewis Hamilton has broken Red Bull Racing’s stranglehold on qualifying in 2011, taking pole for the Korean Grand Prix in his McLaren.

The 2008 World Champion was the fastest man across both runs in Q3, while Sebastian Vettel’s second effort ensured that a Red Bull will be represented on the front-row.

Jenson Button will start one place ahead of Mark Webber in third after the Australian abandoned his final run after a scrappy first sector.

Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Vitaly Petrov, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil round out the top 10.

Michael Schumacher will start 12th after complaining of a vibration during Q2, while Daniel Ricciardo failed to complete a lap in Q1 due to mechanical issues with his Hispania.

See below for the full qualifying result

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Laps

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.525 1:36.526 1:35.820 14
2 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:39.093 1:37.285 1:36.042 12
3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.929 1:37.302 1:36.126 14
4 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:39.071 1:37.292 1:36.468 11
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:38.670 1:37.313 1:36.831 16
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.393 1:37.352 1:36.980 11
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.426 1:37.892 1:37.754 12
8 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:38.378 1:38.186 1:38.124 19
9 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:38.549 1:38.254 No time 16
10 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:38.789 1:38.219 No time 14
11 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:39.392 1:38.315 11
12 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.502 1:38.354 9
13 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:39.352 1:38.508 11
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.464 1:38.775 13
15 Bruno Senna Renault 1:39.316 1:38.791 14
16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:39.436 1:39.189 8
17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.097 1:39.443 14
18 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:39.538 4
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:40.522 6
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:41.101 6
21 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:42.091 7
22 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:43.483 8
23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1:43.758 8
DNQ Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth No time 2

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