Webber defeats Vettel, the weather and the rules to take pole

Posted on July 9, 2011


Mark Webber has stormed to pole for the British Grand Prix, beating team mate Sebastian Vettel for only the second time this season.

Webber claimed a shock pole at Silverstone. Credit: Red Bull/Getty

The Australian set his time early in Q3 as showers swept across Silverstone. He was second over the line and immediately pipped Vettel to the top spot. It was a brilliant lap and Webber will be keen to repeat his triumph of a year ago.

Fernando Alonso starts third and will be the greatest threat to Red Bull’s control of tomorrow’s race. The Maranello team continue to enjoy something of a resurgence on race pace and he’ll be looking to move forward.

The home interest will be best served by Jenson Button starting fifth, just ahead of compatriot Paul di Resta, after the Scot put in a storming qualifying performance. Lewis Hamilton starts 10th after a mistake on his only run before rain fell.

The session started amid farce as the technical working group were called together for an extraordinary meeting after practice in an effort to resolve the blown diffusers row.

The result was that blowing air under breaking is effectively banned – this weekend. A final decision is due tomorrow for the rest of the season.

It’s absurd to be altering the rules like this mid weekend and it should not be happening.

But it does not change my view Red Bull will continue to dominate. One of them will probably win and I think it will be Vettel.