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Webber knocked out in Q1

Mark Webber becomes the biggest casualty of qualifying so far this season, missing the Q1 cut in Shanghai.
Mark Webber's dismal start to the Chinese Grand Prix continued into qualifying, after then Australian was knocked out in the first phase of the grid-setting session.

Red Bull Racing appeared to be at fault for not sending Webber out on the softer Pirelli tyres for his final run, having dropped to 16th on the timesheets. When he was unable to improve his position, the 2010 title contender was a sitting duck as others found greater chunks of time and, when both Michael Schumacher and Pastor Maldonado moved up, Webber found himself unable to respond, having already taken the chequered flag. Apparently unable to use KERS, possibly as the result of his morning electrical problem, the Australian was more than three-tenths from making the cut.

Joining Webber on the sidelines will be the usual suspects as Team Lotus, Marussia Virgin and HRT all lost both their contenders, but there will be no non-qualifiers in China, with slowest runner Narain Karthikeyan comfortably within the 107 per cent time.

At the top of the timesheets, P1 swapped hands repeatedly in the closing stages before Nico Rosberg eventually secured the honours. Vitaly Petrov, Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez all took turns in top spot during the 20 minutes.



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what a stench - Unregistered

April 16, 2011 7:39 AM

Congratulations to Red Bull. In 3 races they have ruined Webber's year and it is criminal. Payback for last year but the fact they have done this somehow with a whole team around him astounds me. As for Vettel how hollow is it when you have to have your teammate sabotaged to ensure you are no1. I am no sports star but if I win anything I want to win it fairly on a level playing field and prove I won it because I was better not because of an unfair advantage. Fight on Mark don't let them break your spirit.

no hope 2011 - Unregistered

April 16, 2011 8:03 AM

Payback 2011 All the cars are equal once bad luck twice a coincidence three times Human involvement ...... Red Bull can Cxxp on how much both drivers are equal you will never get me to believe that after todays efforts!! I guess when the wonder boy is far gone they will all of a sudden find the issue with the 2nd car............hahahah I will never buy A redbull drink to support such unsportsman like behaviours At least Ferrari are more or less up front even if I don't enjoy seeing Massa told to let alonso past



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