Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber enjoyed a 'tight' fight with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel this afternoon in qualifying for Sunday's F1 2010 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Webber had been quickest in practice on Friday, but he was unable to match Vettel this morning in final pracitce and he was then edged out in the top-ten shoot-out, missing pole by just 0.143 seconds.
Despite having to settle for second though, and despite not getting to run with the new front wing - the team only had one, after the other was destroyed in final practice - Webber remained upbeat and insisted there isn't actually a huge amount of difference between the two designs.
“That was pretty good; we did the best we could. It was a very tight fight with Sebastian again, unfortunately he got me, but we've got a long Grand Prix tomorrow,” Webber said.
“I have to thank the guys, they've absolutely buried themselves to get my car ready for this weekend and have done a great job. We're at the front and some of our main rivals have had a more difficult day, so it's interesting.
“Seb and I ran different spec front wings here for qualifying, but we're still evaluating which is the best to have, I don't think there's a huge amount in them. The effort that goes into any GP is unique, but the English support is massive. There's a big industry here, F1 has been here for decades and that's reflected in people's passion and desire to be here.”
Fabrice Lom, Renault's principal track engineer at Red Bull Racing, meanwhile was delighted to see Webber and Vettel do so well: “The team's ninth pole position out of a possible ten this year is great. We have a front row lock up at Silverstone, which is a track that's full of history,” Lom added.
“It's a very good result for us; it's the local race for many people from the Red Bull Renault team and we're very happy to offer this front row to our friends at Red Bull in Milton Keynes.
“Now we need to confirm this tomorrow and try to reproduce what we did last year with a perfect one two.”