Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber is hoping to have a 'strong race' after qualifying on the front row for the 2013 F1 Italian Grand Prix.

Webber has never had much luck at Monza, but after securing his best ever qualifying position at the circuit on Saturday, finishing Q3 just 0.213 seconds behind team-mate and pole sitter, Sebastian Vettel, he is hopeful he can do well on Sunday.

Indeed he will be out to beat his previous Monza best - a sixth place in 2010 - and get back on the podium, something he hasn't managed since the British GP back in June.

Speaking after qualifying, he added that he thought he had pretty much got the maximum out of the car and himself, even though he was slowed somewhat near the end of Q3, when Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne when off at the Parabolica and kicked up the dust.

"After yesterday we thought we could challenge for the front row, but you never know and as we saw in Belgium and today, the grid can sometimes get a bit mixed up. But overall we stayed strong and focused on ourselves," Webber said.

"The guys did a very good job; it's not an easy track to pull everything together over one lap," he continued. "The result is the maximum for the team - and it was pretty much the maximum for me today [too].

"Seb has always been very strong here and he's a tough nut to crack at this venue. I [now] hope to have a strong race tomorrow," Webber concluded.


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