Mark Webber was happy after taking pole position for the F1 2011 British Grand Prix today, and conceded it is never easy to get things right when conditions are so changeable.
Despite that though, he did enough to edge out Sebastian Vettel in the sister Red Bull RB7, his best effort - a 1 minute 31.829 seconds, which was 0.032 seconds quicker than the German
The result was also especially sweet for the Milton Keynes-based outfit in light of all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans with the dispute over the engine rules rumbling on right up until qualifying itself [see separate story - click here
“I've always enjoyed driving here,” said Webber, who was quickest overall yesterday in practice and third in final practice this morning. “But you still have to put it all together.
“You don't get these results without applying yourself. It was a very mixed session for all of us, even in the build up with yesterday's rain. It was important to make sure every lap counted, as you never knew if it was going to be the one that counted for your main grid position, so even in Q2 you had to make sure you weren't caught out.
“In the end I'm happy with the job we did; it's easy to slip up in conditions like that from a logistical point of view and also from the driver's perspective, so it was a good job by the team and we're in a good position for tomorrow's race.”
Team boss Christian Horner meanwhile was similarly pleased to see his men lock-out the front-row: “After so much off circuit focus, it was a relief to finally get into the grand prix weekend in very difficult conditions,” Horner added.
“Both drivers did a great job to navigate though Q1 and Q2 and the first run proved to be the crucial in Q3; it was nip and tuck between the drivers and Mark produced an excellent lap to claim his second pole and the team's ninth of the season.
“We can see that Ferrari is pretty close, but today was a huge performance for the team,” he summed-up.