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Webber misses Q1 cut

Mark Webber was a big name casualty of first qualifying at the European Grand Prix, joining some more familiar faces on the sidelines.

Mark Webber's frustrating Saturday continued into qualifying, as the hydraulic problems he suffered in final free practice contributed to the Australian missing the cut in opening qualifying.

The Red Bull driver, far from being able to post the sort of times that suggested he and team-mate Sebastian Vettel would be frontrunners, paid the penalty for missing most of the morning by only posting the 16th-best time on his first run on soft tyres, and then proved unable to climb back out of the drop zone when improvements from Jean-Eric Vergne and Bruno Senna deposited him back into the bottom seven.

With Timo Glock sidelined by a stomach bug, there were six slots to be filled by those missing the cut, and these appeared to be the German's Marussia team-mate Charles Pic, the two HRTs of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan and the Caterhams of Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov. The Finn, however, had other ideas and posted a good enough lap with his final effort to make it to 17th and safety. His luckless victim was Vergne, who once again found himself exiting at the first attempt.

Pastor Maldonado and Paul di Resta posted the fastest laps of the 20-minute session, after Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher and Felipe Massa - amongst others - had taken turns in P1.



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Taipan

June 23, 2012 3:01 PM

Shame for Webber, again, Can anyone answer this? DRS is an overtaking aid, it's use is limited to specific parts of the track during the race for "safety" reasons but unlimited in qualifying. Why is it deamed safe to use on any part of the track in qualifying but not in the race? Don't they usually push harder in qualifying? Why have DRS in qualifying? In fact why have DRS at any point?



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