Sebastian Vettel was delighted to turn his fortunes around in Korea to secure pole position following a difficult practice.
The Red Bull driver had struggled with the handling of his car from Friday, but managed to emerge on top in qualifying to secure his ninth pole position of the 2010 season. In doing so, he outpaced team-mate and championship leader Mark Webber, who will start from second place and, perhaps crucially, from the dirty side of the road.
Vettel admitted he was very happy to have turned things around.
"It is a very good achievement from all of us because yesterday was not smooth running," the German said. "We tried something which didn't work. On a new track I had very few laps. We tried to save the car a bit and did little running, so had to take what I could out of qualifying."
Vettel, who is 14 points behind Webber with just three races to go, insisted he is still focused on doing a good job on Sunday rather than think about the title.
"You have to take every race as it comes," said Vettel. "Japan was nice but now we are in Korea. Today I am very happy, with the difficulties we had in practice. I was not able to get into the rhythm, so it's a good achievement from all of us.
"The car was quick no doubt but we needed to get it done. The most important thing was to never lose focus and remain calm and that shows we had enough. Our job is done today and we will see tomorrow."