Despite claiming Red Bull Racing's twelfth pole in 13 races at the Belgian Grand Prix, Mark Webber admitted that the race would not be a foregone conclusion, especially with McLaren's Lewis Hamilton starting alongside him on the grid.

The Australian pulled a quick lap out of the bag when it mattered in the third and final phase of qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, and was then aided as the rain returned, albeit lightly, in the closing moments, but knows that Hamilton - and those immediately behind the McLaren - will be gunning for him.

"Let's see how the start goes," Webber noted, "We don't know if it's going to be consistent on both sides [of the grid] in terms of grip level - we've seen the right side of the track drying a bit faster than the left side - so, if it's going to be like that, then I should get away okay. But, if it's even across both sides in terms of wet or dry, then I'm probably expecting Lewis to be pretty close.

"But it's nothing unusual. We've been there before and we will try and do our best. I don't think tomorrow's grand prix will be won and lost on the first lap, to be honest."

Asked whether he believed that the McLarens were quicker than Red Bull this weekend, Webber insisted that it was hard to tell given that practice and qualifying had both been affected by changeable conditions.

"We've worked incredibly hard, as we have done all year, [but] we know there are some circuits that certainly suit us better than others," he conceded, "If we were to have 17 races, we probably wouldn't pick this track - and certainly not the next track. That's the way the world championship is, you've got to have lots of different venues and test the technical people, test the drivers. Spa is a track which we always want on the calendar [from a driver's point of view], so it's up to us to have a good car at all venues and capitalise on when we have a good car, which was [the case] in Budapest and a few other venues.

"We've seen it ebb and flow a bit. These guys have been very, very strong on a few circuits and have a few weaknesses as well. That's the pinnacle of F1 at the moment, measured by small margins. You can't be doing purple sectors on every single track in every single condition every single time - it's just too competitive for that.

"China was an interesting grand prix. Obviously, that was a very consistent condition - if you look at the whole grand prix, it was generally pretty wet - so whether we see that here tomorrow, I'm not sure. They were better than us in Shanghai, but many, many things have changed since then, in terms of cars and how their cars have been developed and, of course, we understood a lot from that race in those conditions ourselves. I'll get back to you on that one tomorrow."

Hamilton appeared to be the man to beat through the first two phases of qualifying, but Webber timed his final run to perfection to claim his fifth pole of the campaign.

"We knew that the first lap was going to be pretty important as, around here, it is just so unpredictable," he revealed, "The weather yesterday and today has been very unique, even for Spa to be honest, as it has been so on and off. You know, particularly in qualifying, that every lap is important.

"I was very happy with [the first lap], but you just never know in this company if it is enough. But I pushed to the limit and it was enough for me to have pole halfway through the session. It is a nice thing to have going into your second run but, like you said, the weather made it a little bit more difficult to improve on our second attempts. Some people, like Lewis obviously, did a good lap on [their] second lap, but I think we would still have been pretty quick to have a crack if it stayed dry and consistent for the second round of laps. I was still looking forward to that part of qualifying.

"I think Q2 depended where you were on the track, as it was drying very, very quickly. Lewis did a good lap in Q2, but you know you just need to do enough to get through. It is pretty intense in that situation when the track is a bit mixed up. It is easy to get outside the bubble and, if you miss a braking point and you don't get a clean lap in, then you could be out. It was one of those days where it could easily go wrong and you could have a bit of egg on your face, but I think, apart from Fernando [Alonso], all the normal guys had normal days."

Despite having moved back to the head of the points table with his victory in Hungary ahead of the summer break, Webber insists that there is no point heaping pressure on himself just yet.

"I don't see it as 'just' seven races to go," he insisted, "If we were sitting here in Brazil, then it would be a little bit more intense, but we have got a lot of racing to do yet.
Spa is a special place to get pole - it is a beautiful circuit, and all the drivers love driving here - so I am going to enjoy the race tomorrow and do my best."