Lewis Hamilton said he was delighted to be on pole position for the Korean Grand Prix, but admitted it is the race that counts.
The Briton secured his first pole since last year's Canadian Grand Prix, also putting an end to Red Bull's run after the team had been on top in every race during this year.
The McLaren driver finished ahead of world champion Sebastian Vettel, who had been on pole for the last six events.
"I am happy. I am very happy," said Hamilton. "I am happy to be here and very proud of what the team have been able to achieve over the course of the last few races and for Jenson to have won the last race and us to be on front two rows again and us the only ones able to compete with Red Bull.
"I am very happy. But tomorrow is what counts."
Hamilton admitted his pole was one of the first "positives" he's had in recent races, having endured a tough time as teammate Jenson Button has shone. He insisted, however, that nothing was won yet and that it was Sunday that counts.
"It is probably one of the first positives I have had a for a while, so to be back on pole is a great feeling of course," he said. "But tomorrow is the most important day. We had some difficult races in the past, so hopefully I'll try to redeem myself tomorrow and as long as we can get some strong points for the team as they have worked hard. I hope tomorrow me and Jenson can repay them."