Red Bull had more reliability problems in practice. But avoiding the mistakes Ferrari and McLaren made in qualifying left them with a clear run to a one-two on race day.
|Sebastian Vettel||Mark Webber|
|Qualifying time comparison (Q3)||1’50.789 (+1.462)||1’49.327|
|Average race lap||1’40.507 (-0.087)||1’40.594|
After two races with pole position but no win, Vettel finally ended a race weekend in 2010 with the 25 points he deserved.
It was something of a surprise to see him beaten in a wet qualifying session not just by his team mate, but also Nico Rosberg.
But Vettel made the move when it counted – on the first lap, squeezing past his team mate to take the lead. Webber never looked like catching him.
Webber’s second career pole position on Saturday came thanks to a tactical masterstroke hatched with race engineer Ciaran Pilbeam. The gamble to use intermediate tyres while everyone else was on wets worked beautifully, giving him pole position by more than a second.
Having seized that precious advantage over his team mate, it was astonishing to see him relinquish it so easily on race day.
Jinxing left at the first corner allowed Vettel a run down the inside and into a lead he was never going to lose. On the podium afterwards Webber looked gutted.