Webber sacrifices speed for race
5 October 2013 – Red Bull driver Mark Webber has revealed that he compromised his qualifying speed in Korea in order to boost his chances of achieving a strong result in Sunday's race.
Having qualified third fastest, the Australian now drops to 13th on the grid following the application of his post-Singapore Grand Prix penalty, but he remains hopeful of making up for lost ground after shedding raw pace in favour of greater top speed.
"We had to keep an eye on the race, with the ratios and those things," explained Webber. "You would like to have all the downforce on the car and have super, super top speed but that is not possible. We had to take a bit of pace out of the car.
"I'm pretty happy, I could be two positions further up, but it was pretty tight. We got it right. In the race we'll be well and truly out of position, but we will try to come back."
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who leads the title race by 60 points, starts from pole.