Mark Webber was understandably delighted after securing his first pole of the 2010 F1 season at Spa.
The Red Bull man arrived in Belgian as the driver to beat after securing the championship lead with victory in Hungary prior to the summer break and set the pace in final practice ahead of the all-important qualifying session.
The Australian laid down his marker with the quickest lap of the weekend on his first run in Q3 and with rain then starting to fall around the pits, Webber was able to hold on despite the late challenge of Lewis Hamilton.
It gave Red Bull a twelfth pole in 13th races this season with Webber now seeking to convert pole into victory although he admitted that the race could be interesting – with the prospect of more wet weather playing a part in proceedings.
“Spa is certainly a great venue to get pole – it's a very special track,” he said. “I was very happy with my first lap in Q3, but you never know in the current company if it's enough. You get to the finish and wait for [engineer] Ciaron to come on the radio and say 'P...?' and you're thinking 'what is it?'. At that point the lap was enough, but then you have to do it again. You get another set of tyres and see how you go.
“We had a rain shower, which spiced things up and made it hard for people to improve. Lewis did a pretty good job to improve to P2 at the end when La Source was a bit greasy. I'm pleased to be on pole and tomorrow's race is going to be interesting, I don't think the race will be won on the first lap. I'm looking forward to it.”