After qualifying in third place for the Korean Grand Prix on Saturday, Mark Webber is set to start the race from thirteenth on the grid following his penalty in Singapore last time out.
Webber was reprimanded after the race at the Marina Bay Street Circuit following an incident after the race that saw him dangerously flag down Fernando Alonso in order to get a lift back to the pits. As this was his third reprimand of the season, Webber was subject to an automatic ten-place grid penalty that will come into effect for the race tomorrow. Having made his opinion on the penalty known last week, Webber is feeling optimistic about his chances in Korea despite the setback.
“I’m pretty happy, I could be two positions further up but that would mean, with the penalty, I would be eleventh rather than thirteenth,” Webber said. “It was a pretty tight qualifying with the two Mercedes, Seb and myself. Tomorrow’s race will be interesting, I will be out of position, but we’ll fight and come back through.”
Webber’s car had been set up to favor his race pace as he looks to scythe through the field and reach the podium in Korea for the third consecutive year in what will be his final grand prix at the circuit in Yeongam.