For only the second time this season Sebastian Vettel had to make do without pole today - although he will still line-up on the front row of the grid for Sunday's British GP.
Vettel, who was quickest in final practice this morning, put in a great lap in Q3, but it wasn't quite enough and Mark Webber was fractionally quicker in the sister Renault-powered RB7 car.
Speaking after the session the reigning world champion admitted that the whole qualifying hour had been difficult, given the very changeable conditions. Furthermore while he was disappointed not to get a chance to challenge Webber with a second run in Q3 – thanks to yet more precipitation – he was still pleased to be second, especially in light of the row over the engine rules, something Red Bull have understandably taken quite personally [see separate story - click here
“I think it was a difficult session with the changing conditions. I think when it starts to rain here it can be on different parts of the circuit, so it's quite difficult to see where it's wet and where it's fine, so you rely on the out lap or the previous lap,” Vettel said.
“If you go flat out and hit a damp area, it's very easy to go off track. So, I think it wasn't easy today, but in the end it was mostly dry.
“It's a shame we couldn't get the second run in Q3, I would have loved to have challenged Mark again, but he got a good lap.
“It was a very good result for us, especially with all the talk that was going on into this race, so it's good to see that we're still on top of our game and can produce quick lap times.
“Anything can happen tomorrow, I think this circuit is tough on tyres, so we will see what we get tomorrow.”