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Hard work paying off - Webber

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Mark Webber beat Sebastian Vettel with his final lap of qualifying © Press Association
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Mark Webber has praised Red Bull for its relentless development after securing pole position for the Korean Grand Prix.

Having gone four races in the middle of the season without either Webber or Sebastian Vettel securing a front-row start, Red Bull has responded to lock out the front row at the last two grands prix. Webber said that despite its dominance in Japan Red Bull was wary it may not be quickest in Korea and had worked hard to ensure it maintained an advantage over the rest of the field.

"I think off the back of Suzuka we felt that we'd improved the car a bit but you never ever get ahead of yourselves these days," Webber said. "We had a good car in Valencia and then after that it was not that easy for us, so we were a bit open to that after Suzuka, coming here knowing that it's not going to be a given. We have a pretty handy car round here, for sure. The guys have been working very, very hard and there's no question that the hard work's paying off but we focus on ourselves and just keep pushing the lap times down as much as we can and it's lucky we do because obviously the gap is not that big to Lewis."

Webber's only previous pole position this season was inherited at Monaco due to Michael Schumacher's grid penalty. Having been quickest in qualifying for the first time in 2012, Webber said he was pleased to deliver with his final lap.

"Yeah, I think Monaco was by default but my first one on track I suppose. It was nip and tuck with Fernando [Alonso] at Silverstone as most qualifying sessions this year have been very tight. I'm very, very happy to get the job done today, get the pole position. It was a reasonable lap, and we did it when it counted, obviously. That's what qualifying is all about. It's been a tricky last few events for me but I'm really happy to start on pole, tomorrow's the main day and we're in a good position to get a good result."