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autoviva2011-05-23 16:16:53

Mark Webber back to the poles in Spain

Mark Webber back to the poles in Spain

Mark Webber has today driven to his first pole of the 2011 Formula 1 season after beating his team mate Sebastian Vettel to take the first position in the grid line for tomorrow's Spanish Grand Prix. This is the Aussie's first pole since the qualifying for the Belgian GP.

The two Red Bulls had a team fight for pole position putting the other teams almost over a second behind them. This time, Webber was faster than Vettel, the pole dominator of the season.

Having suffered with KERS problems during the qualification Vettel was the first to make his pole effort, with a time of 1m21.181s. With both Red Bulls opting for a single attempt on Q3, Webber beat his time a few seconds later to set the fastest time of qualifying at 1m20.981s. With no one being able to challenge them, the two decided to leave their F1s even before the end of qualifying.

McLaren lloked set two fill the second row for tomorrow's race, with Hamilton and Button lying third and fourth, but in a great effort, home hero Fernando Alonso took fourth place away from Button to separate the two Brits. Felipe Massa was eighth at the end of the session behind an impressive Petrov in sixth and Rosberg in seventh. In the other Mercedes, Michael Schumacher opted not to run in Q3.

Ninth was Pastor Maldonado who had his best qualifying performance of the season and got Williams to Q3 for the second time this season.

With Toro Rosso and Sauber sharing rows six and seven, in Q2 the most surprising effort came from Team Loutus' Heikki Kovalainen who got his F1 to Q2 for the second time in its history. Team Lotus had promised improvements for Barcelona and they appeared as the Finn finished ahead of the Force Indias of di Resta and Sutil.


Position Driver Team Time Gap
1.  Mark Webber Red Bull 1m20.981s  
2.  Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1m21.181s + 0.200
3.  Lewis Hamilton McLaren Mercedes 1m21.961s + 0.980
4.  Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m21.964s + 0.983
5.  Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1m21.996s + 1.015
6.  Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault 1m22.471s + 1.490
7.  Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1m22.599s + 1.618
8.  Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m22.888s + 1.907
9.  Pastor Maldonado Williams 1m22.952s + 1.971
10.  Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP  No time  
Q2 cut-off time: 1m23.506s
11.  Sebastian Buemi Toro Rosso 1m23.231s + 1.691
12.  Sergio Pérez Sauber 1m23.367s + 1.827
13.  Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso 1m23.694s + 2.154
14.  Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1m23.702s + 2.162
15.  Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus 1m25.403s +3.863
16.  Paul di Resta Force India 1m26.126s + 4.586
17.  Adrian Sutil Force India 1m26.571s + 5.031
Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.874s    
18.  Jarno Trulli Team Lotus 1m26.521s + 3.561
19.  Rubens Barrichello Williams 1m26.910s + 3.950
20.  Timo Glock Virgin 1m27.315s + 4.355
21.  Tonio Liuzzi HRT 1m27.809s + 4.849
22.  Nahrain Karthikeyan HRT 1m27.908s + 4.948
23.  Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin 1m28.556s + 5.596
24.  Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault  No timw  


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