Mark Webber took pole position for the British Grand Prix, beating his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel in a rain-affected qualifying session at Silverstone.Ferrari emerged as Red Bull’s biggest threat, while McLaren struggled.Read the full news by Matt Beer from Autosport below.
WEBBER LEADS ALL-RED BULL FRONT ROW FOR THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Mark Webber beat his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to pole position for the British Grand Prix, as the champion team continued to lead the way in qualifying despite its fears that it would be disadvantaged by the exhaust rules controversy.
Last year’s Silverstone winner Webber put in a 1m30.399s early in Q3 to pip Vettel by 0.032 seconds – and when a light shower arrived in the final moments, it ensured that there would be no changes to the leading order.
Ferrari emerged as Red Bull’s biggest threat, while McLaren struggled. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa share row two, Alonso 0.2s off pole, but Jenson Button was 1.5s away from Webber’s time as he took fifth – and Lewis Hamilton was way back in 10th.
Hamilton’s lowly position was one of several surprises. A heavy rain shower near the end of Q1 left the track drying steadily and getting faster and faster through Q2, leading to a number of minor upsets further down the order.
Paul di Resta will start his first home grand prix in a spectacular sixth place for Force India, with rookie Pastor Maldonado shining for Williams and taking seventh, ahead of Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber).
Their progress came at the expense of the likes of Michael Schumacher – who was four places lower than Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in 13th – and the two Renaults, which were back in 14th and 16th, Vitaly Petrov 1.1s quicker than Nick Heidfeld.
Toro Rosso was most disadvantaged when the rain hit in Q1, with Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi’s first runs only good enough for 18th and 19th. That meant Lotus got a car into Q2 with Heikki Kovalainen, who took 17th.
Rubens Barrichello splits the Renaults on the grid in the other Williams, while Adrian Sutil (Force India) and Sergio Perez (Sauber) were the men who only narrowly missed out on Q3 so will share row six.
At the back, Timo Glock managed to get his Virgin ahead of Jarno Trulli’s Lotus in 20th, and Daniel Ricciardo will start 24th for his first grand prix, having been 0.6s slower than Hispania team-mate Tonio Liuzzi.
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