Mark Webber took his second pole of the F1 2010 season and Red Bull's fifth in a row today when he edged out team-mate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Webber, who had lost out to Vettel in China and Australia, was over-the-moon with the result and he paid homage to the Milton Keynes-based outfit for all their hard work since the last event three weeks ago.
Indeed the Adrian Newey designed RB6 was once again the class of the field, and Webber was the only man in the 1 minute 19 second bracket, his best lap one tenth up on the sister car – and significantly almost a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton, who was 'best of the rest' and third for McLaren.
"It's always tight between Seb and I, it's a good battle. Seb's had a solid run recently, but today was my turn," Webber stated. "The car is performing really well, but we're taking nothing for granted.
"We know McLaren and Ferrari are strong opponents and will continue to be until the end of the season. It's still early days in the Championship, but a lot can happen over the next two back to back races.
"I'm pleased that we've laid the foundations to make good all the hard work that has gone on at the factory over the last three weeks. This pole is for the team – there was a massive effort from the guys before the race and then at the track this weekend. They have worked so hard, you really can't believe how much work can go into two cars! It's a great effort and I'm looking forward to the race tomorrow."
Vettel was also pretty pleased, although he warned that while it was good to lock-out the front row, it is the race that really counts.
"Congratulations to Mark, he was unbeatable today. It was close; I had good laps throughout qualifying, especially at the end, but it was not enough. A tenth is not that much, but unfortunately it was too much for me today," Vettel said. "Still, it was a good qualifying session from us and I think starting on the first row is a good result.
"We know there are no points from today though, that all comes tomorrow. At the moment it looks comfortable, but we know how quickly things can change, so we have to stay focused. There might be some rain. The team has made such a huge effort to bring the updates here – the factory has been flat out over the last few weeks, so congratulations to them."
"A fantastic team result," summed-up Red Bull Racing team boss, Christian Horner. "It was a brilliant lap by Mark, the drivers have been closely matched all weekend and there's literally just been hundredths of a second between them.
"It was a dominant Red Bull display, which is testimony to a superb team effort. The amount of work that has gone into the components that have been bought out here has been really immense, with members of the team giving up their bank holiday weekend and time at home. Our performance today is very much due to that."