Five themes to watch for in Korea

Five themes to watch for in Korea

Can Hamilton turn his first pole of 2011 into a victory? Or will Red Bull's tyre strategy give the team the edge? Edd Straw runs over the talking points after qualifying for the Korean Grand Prix

Hamilton back at the front

It has been a long time since Lewis Hamilton - or any driver not in a Red Bull - has taken pole position. The 2008 world champion last topped qualifying in Canada in June 2010, so it would be reasonable to expect him to be pretty happy about finally ending Red Bull's pole run, which stretches back to Abu Dhabi last year.

As it was, he was far from overjoyed post-session, reiterating that Sunday's race is what really counts. Whether this is because he's worrying that team-mate Jenson Button, third on the grid, will again have the edge in managing tyre degradation, or it's down to recent criticism getting him down, or something else entirely is unclear.

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