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Crucial to make sure every lap counted, says Webber

Mark Webber: 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.
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.


Related Pictures

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09.07.2011- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.07.2011- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 and Kamui Kobayashi (JAP), Sauber F1 Team C30
09.07.2011- Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.07.2011- Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.07.2011- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 pole position, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position and Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia 3rd position
09.07.2011- Qualifying, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 pole position, Sebastian Vettel (GER), Red Bull Racing, RB7 2nd position and Fernando Alonso (ESP), Scuderia Ferrari, F-150 Italia 3rd position
09.07.2011- Saturday Practice, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7
09.07.2011- Qualifying, Press conference, Mark Webber (AUS), Red Bull Racing, RB7 pole position

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Dee - Unregistered

July 09, 2011 5:51 PM

KRB, the first time Vettel took the lead in the championship last year was when he took the flag in the final race of the season. He was behind Webber for most of the season. Was that not forcing Vettel to push hard enough for you? And at the moment Button seems to be far more on his game than Hamilton. Every driver goes through phases through the season. Few are fortunate enough to go through the start to the season that Vettel has, so unless he has an incredible run of bad luck, no one this season will be able to put him under too much pressure.

Dee - Unregistered

July 09, 2011 4:32 PM

Webber's results seem to have picked up at Silverstone. I don't know if its the circuit, or that the changes in regulations suit him. I'm hoping the second so he can start to push Vettel at lot more.



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