Mark Webber has congratulated his team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the German pipped him to pole during qualifying today for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Webber was looking strong going into qualifying after leading the way in final practice this morning around the 3.387 mile track. However while both Red Bulls made it easily through to the top-ten shoot-out, in the end Webber had to settle for second on the grid when he was knocked down in the dying seconds.
Despite missing out on P1 though, the Aussie was still pretty pleased and was delighted for his team, which has now claimed pole position in all four races so far in the F1 2010 season.
"In P3, things came a little bit my way on some of the settings and it was a good battle again between me and Seb. He did a good job in Q3," Webber reflected. "I'm on the front row – which is not a bad position to start from.
"It's a big credit to the team that we've locked out the front row again, after doing the same in Melbourne – it's very positive.
"Thanks to the mechanics too. There was stuff coming out last night for our cars that should never have got here with the volcano exploding in Europe [and severely effecting air travel as a result]. It wasn't easy for the team to arrange, so it was a great team effort to get the bits here. We're set for an interesting Grand Prix tomorrow now – I'm looking forward to it."
Renault's Fabrice Lom meanwhile was also delighted, although he is more than aware that it is Sunday that really matters and he will be hoping the team can repeat the 1-2 result it managed at Sepang two weeks ago.
"I'm very, very happy – it's the fourth pole in a row for Red Bull Renault at a very difficult track for the engine due to the long straight," he added.
"We are ecstatic to be on the front row again – but its Sunday that counts, so we have to concentrate on tomorrow's race now and try to score as we did in Malaysia."