Webber wins his third consecutive pole and Red Bull’s seventh of 2010

Posted on May 29, 2010

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Red Bull continued its complete dominance of qualifying 2010 as Mark Webber secured pole position with a lightning lap of 1m 26.295s ahead of McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton and team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Can Lewis Hamilton convert second place on the grid to his first victory of the year? Credit: http://www.mclaren.com

The rest of the pit lane is showing only limited signs of catching Red Bull, which has now secured every pole position this year. The final gap between pole and second was small today but Lewis had to drive at the very ragged edge to get there.

The 2008 champion will be optimistic of getting a result tomorrow, especially if he can jump Webber off the line but all the signs are there Christian Horner’s squad have the opportunity to control the race.

Lewis told the press conference: “These guys have been untouchable pretty much all year in terms of just pure pace. I think it is a real boost for me and my team just knowing that we have a very good base line pace. Our race pace is even better. It puts us in an even stronger position for tomorrow and I know that we will continue to push.”

Ferrari had a poor day to mark their 800th Grand Prix weekend, with Fernando Alonso dropping out in Q2 with a poor lap and Felipe Massa finishing only 8th. Alonso has been out of sorts for most of the season but Massa still looks defeated. The team must be concerned.

By contrast, Renault looked great and Kamui Kobayashi did well to haul the Sauber into Q3, even if his final lap was not up to scratch. Michael Schumacher has again out qualified his Mercedes team-mate and he’s now looking much more like the champion of old.

Bruno Senna got off the back row of the grid for the first time today. Credit: http://www.hispaniaf1team.com

And Hispania Racing will be delighted to have got past the Virgin of Lucas di Grassi under normal dry conditions. Starting 22nd might not look like much for someone of Bruno Senna’s pedigree but it’s reasonably reassuring the team is falling further and further behind.

If Lewis can get ahead of Webber off the line, I would expect him to win the race tomorrow. The McLaren is much closer on race pace to the Red Bull than it has been on the one lap qualifying.

That said, I can only predict Webber to take his third win on the bounce. The car is great and the Australian is in the form of his life.

Results in full:

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:27.500 1:26.818 1:26.295 18
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.667 1:27.013 1:26.433 18
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:27.067 1:26.729 1:26.760 18
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.555 1:27.277 1:26.781 18
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:27.756 1:27.438 1:26.857 19
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:27.649 1:27.141 1:26.952 18
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:27.766 1:27.426 1:27.039 19
8 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.993 1:27.200 1:27.082 18
9 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:27.620 1:27.387 1:27.430 21
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.158 1:27.434 1:28.122 17
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:27.951 1:27.525 18
12 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.857 1:27.612 14
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.147 1:27.879 14
14 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:28.534 1:28.273 15
15 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:28.336 1:28.392 14
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:28.460 1:28.540 16
17 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:28.227 1:28.841 15
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:28.958 8
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.237 13
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:30.519 11
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:30.744 9
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:31.266 9
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:31.989 9
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:32.060 10
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