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British GP: Mark Webber pips Vettel to take pole at Silverstone

09 Jul 2011, 21:13 IST
Mark Webber: Delighted

Mark Webber: Delighted

Mark Webber leapt ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel to take pole position for the race at Silverstone. Sebastian Vettel leads the driver’s championship with a seemingly insurmountable 186 points. He has given himself a fair chance of extending this lead further by occupying the first row. This is only the second time in nine races that Vettel has not grabbed the pole position. Following the two Red Bull cars closely will be the Ferraris. Fernando Alonso edged past Mark Webber in the last race to grab second position and he would want to go one-better at Silverstone. His team-mate Felipe Massa will be placed fourth on the grid, once again out-maneuvered by the Spaniard.

It was a dreadful qualifying for Mclaren as Lewis Hamilton will line up on the 10th position. Jenson Button who shares the second position in the driver’s standings will be fifth on the grid. Force India exhibited a commendable performance as their drivers line up 6th and 11th on the grid. Paul di Resta exemplified control on his way to the sixth position for Force India and he will be one driver to look out for the future.

The final practice session was affected by rain in the last couple of laps but that did not stop the Red Bull racing team to clock an admirable time on the circuit. Webber made his best lap in one minute 30.399secs and Vettel was not far behind. Webber expressed his delight in the post session conference and looked ahead at the race with optimism, He said, “I’ve always enjoyed driving here. But that was a very mixed session for all of us, even yesterday with all the rain, so it was a question of not being caught out. At the end I’m very happy with the job we did.”

Vettel was at his competitive best even with his words. His personality exudes hunger for success and the driver’s standings are a reflection. He was marred by rain in the last couple of laps as he failed to out-clock Webber. Fernando Alonso was satisfied with his team’s consistent performance as well and indicated that he aims for the most at Silverstone.

Going into his home race Hamilton expressed his disappointment with a bit of restraint. He said, ““I enjoyed the changeable weather conditions today, but it’s disappointing to have ended up so far behind.” He was visibly being polite and being 10th on the grid must have evoked some extreme emotions within. A driver of his capacity can turn it around in the race but he will have to be very careful on the go mark.

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