Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber will start the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve from second tomorrow after being edged out by Lewis Hamilton in the dying seconds of Q3.
Webber, who was also second this morning in final practice, finished the top-ten shoot-out 0.268 seconds off P1, his best lap a 1 minute 15.373 seconds. However unlike Hamilton, Webber ran on the harder Bridgestone tyre and with the softer tyres graining quite badly in practice on Friday, the Aussie is looking potentially very well placed for Sunday's eighth round on the F1 2010 schedule.
Indeed despite missing out on his third pole in a row – and despite seeing Red Bull's domination of F1 2010 qualifying end - Webber was still upbeat.
“We thought we could do a good job in qualifying on the hard tyre and it turned out to be the case. We knew we would still try and have a crack at the front row, but we also knew the McLarens were very strong on the option tyre, which they elected to take. It's a long race tomorrow, we're planning to do the best we can and we're hoping the tyres will be beneficial to us,” Webber said.
“We're also mindful that there might be the odd safety car here and there – there are many different ways tomorrow's race may unfold. All-in-all we've stuck to our guns and done a great job.”
Team-mate Sebastian Vettel was also on the pace and he will start from third in the sister RB6. His best lap in Q3 was a 1m 15.420s, just 0.047 seconds slower than Webber.
“It was a pretty entertaining session, especially Q3. We went out on the hard tyres, which take a while to come in. We knew that and to be honest I didn't get a good lap in until the very last lap, so it wasn't perfect timing, but it worked,” Vettel noted.
“My final lap wasn't that clean, so I'm happy I made it to third today; it's good. Looking to tomorrow, I think I should have a good start as I'm on the inside. I'm happy that both Mark and I made it to these positions with what is, from my point of view, the right tyre. Yesterday's practice showed that the soft tyre is quite difficult to last for more than a couple of laps.”
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner meanwhile described it as a 'really interesting qualifying session': “We opted for a strategically different route to the other cars around us, by opting to run on the hard tyre. Both drivers felt it was the better tyre to start the race on tomorrow. I'm very happy with both Mark and Sebastian's performance at this track that, coming here, we knew shouldn't be one of our strongest. So to achieve second and third is a really strong team result,” he summed-up.