Mark Webber said he was pleased to set the third quickest time in qualifying for the German Grand Prix, even though a five place grid penalty means he will line up eighth on the grid at Hockenheim.

The Australian produced a solid performance in difficult conditions to end up behind Fernando Alonso and team-mate Sebastian Vettel on the times, before his penalty was applied.

Although he admitted that a different strategy could have allowed him to go quicker, Webber said he was happy with his performance in the session.

"It was tricky for us and we had dodgy conditions on track," he said. "When you know you're getting a five place penalty, it's easy not to get it right but I'm very happy to finish today quite far way up. We did some good laps and got a good result.

"Fernando stopped for fresh tyres, which maybe we could have done, but should-have, could-have would-have, we got third and that's good - even with the penalty. I'm looking forward to the race and to moving up the grid. We can do a lot from eighth. We've shown the car is strong in all conditions and we will be looking to come through the field."

Team boss Christian Horner said he was pleased with a positive result for his drivers and backed Webber to come through the field on race day.

"It was very tricky conditions today and second and third is a very positive result, despite the fact that Mark unfortunately has to take a five-place penalty, which will put him eighth on the grid," he said. "Nonetheless, for Sebastian to be starting on the front row at his home race and Mark to be eighth on a track where overtaking is possible, will make for a really exciting race."