Lewis qualified P2 after making two option-tyre runs in Q3, having come through Q2 with a single run. Nico suffered a puncture on his first run of the session in Q1 which forced him to use a set of option tyres in Q1.
Mercedes AMG Petronas drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg qualified in second and fifth positions respectively for tomorrow's 2013 Formula 1 Korean Grand Prix. Nico will start from P4 on the grid after penalties have been applied.
I haven't found the right car balance all weekend so far and that's the reason why I'm a bit disappointed with today's result - even if my actual starting position of fourth place is pretty good. The first sector of the track is good for overtaking, so hopefully that will give us some opportunities in the opening laps, but Red Bull still seems to have the edge here overall. If I get a good start like I managed in Singapore, then a podium finish is possible based on the performance we were able to show in the long runs on Friday.
It was a workmanlike performance from the team this afternoon and we can be happy to have both cars starting on the front two rows tomorrow, which is a fair reflection of our basic competitiveness at this circuit. Lewis was happy with the balance in qualifying and got pretty much everything out of the car today while Nico wasn't quite as comfortable, which was reflected in his ultimate lap time. Our high-fuel performance in Friday practice looked pretty strong and I am sure we can have a reasonable race on that basis. The weather forecast is currently predicting showers in the morning and cooler temperatures, but dry conditions, for the afternoon. We will see how that turns out and take any opportunity that comes our way.
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