• Korean Grand Prix - Qualifying

Webber's car set up for overtaking

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Mark Webber: "We had to take a bit of pace out of the car for qualifying" © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber was pleased with his qualifying performance at the Korean Grand Prix after sacrificing some one-lap pace to allow him to carve through the field in tomorrow's race.

Webber qualified third but will start from 13th on the grid after his ten-place penalty for three reprimands is applied. With that penalty in mind, Red Bull set Webber's car up with less drag and downforce to give him a speed advantage on Sunday over his rivals and allow him to overtake.

Webber was 0.262s off Sebastian Vettel on pole but said he had to compromised his overall lap time.

"We had to take a bit of pace out of the car for qualifying, not much but we just looked at how we would compromise qualifying a little bit to help with the race," he said. "I'm pretty happy with quali - I could only be two positions further up meaning I would be 11th rather than 13th with the penalty. It was a pretty tight qualifying with the two Mercedes, Seb and myself, it was a good little battle. In the race I'm well and truly out of position but we'll fight and come back through."

He was 5km/h faster than team-mate Vettel through the speed trap during qualifying and only the two Ferraris logged quicker times.

"We certainly improved the cars in some areas we wanted to focus on compared to yesterday. The conditions were different as well so you have to keep an eye on that as they will be even more different tomorrow. But we've got all our ducks lined up, worked out what we need to work on for the race and see how it pays off tomorrow."