Webber beats Kubica to pole position (Monaco Grand Prix qualifying)

Mark Webber claimed the coveted Monaco Grand Prix pole position

Mark Webber claimed the coveted Monaco Grand Prix pole position

Mark Webber starts from pole position for the second race in a row.

He beat Robert Kubica by almost three tenths of a second to take pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix.

Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel starts third alongside Felipe Massa’s Ferrari.

Q1

With Fernando Alonso not starting qualifying following his practice crash he was certain to be one of the seven cars eliminated in Q1.

Robert Kubica was the quickest driver to begin with but as he slowed to create space for his next lap a Sauber went past him – spoiling his next effort.

Although all the drivers were having to find space for themselves in traffic, the session did not provide the opportunity for the new teams some had expected.

Lotus had not used any super soft tyres in final practice, saving everything they had. Heikki Kovalainen was clearly giving maximum effort as well, spinning twice in his attempts to reach the final 17.

But it was to no avail – he ended the session nine-tenths of a second behind Kamui Kobayashi.

Q2

Once again Kubica started the session quickest, edging Nico Rosberg by two tenths of a second.

Massa and Rosberg took it in turns to beat Kubica’s time, but he was never in any danger of failing to make it into Q3.

Team mate Vitaly Petrov, however, was eliminated when his attempt to set a top ten time ended in the barriers at Sainte Devote.

Jenson Button looked vulnerable for a while before a late improvement moved him up to ninth. But he was sixth tenths of a second slower than his team mate, who ended the session fourth.

There were no major surprises among the bottom seven except at Force India, where Vitantonio Liuzzi beat Adrian Sutil in qualifying for the first time this year.

Q3

Different tactics were in use as the final part of qualifying began. McLaren sent their drivers out for one long run with a series of flying laps. Kubica did two runs in the Renault and looked a strong candidate for pole position to begin with.

But Webber pipped Kubica with his first flying effort, then found an even greater margin on his final run, comfortably taking pole position. Team mate Vettel was third, four tenths of a second of his team mate’s pace.

Lewis Hamilton emerged ahead in a tightly-fought battle between the McLarens and Mercedes. Team mate Button was unhappy after being held up by Massa on one of his better runs.

Pos. # Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.035 1’14.462 1’13.826
2 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’15.045 1’14.549 1’14.120
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.110 1’14.568 1’14.227
4 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.757 1’14.405 1’14.283
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.676 1’14.527 1’14.432
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.188 1’14.375 1’14.544
7 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’15.649 1’14.691 1’14.590
8 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.623 1’15.150 1’14.637
9 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’15.590 1’15.083 1’14.901
10 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’15.397 1’15.061 1’15.170
11 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’16.030 1’15.317
12 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’15.445 1’15.318
13 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.961 1’15.413
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’15.482 1’15.576
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.908 1’15.692
16 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.175 1’15.992
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.021 1’16.176
18 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’17.094
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’17.134
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’17.377
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’17.864
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’18.509
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’19.559
24 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari

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187 comments on Webber beats Kubica to pole position (Monaco Grand Prix qualifying)

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  1. Great Qualy! Kubica was unbelievably good. Penalty to come for Massa surely.

    Hope the director is better tomorrow, we hardly saw any Qualy laps just constant footage of Alonso in the garage.

    • Yup. Saw more of Alonso’s face than a good qualifying lap. Bad coverage. Steve Slater doesn’t help at all….

      • Sush Meerkat said on 15th May 2010, 14:36

        Today’s coverage felt tacky, I half expected Ant and Dec to pop up and start interviewing random people.

        BBC sort it out, your not ITV and F1 is not a talent contest run by Simon Cowel.

        • BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:41

          Well the Alonso faces were done by the director in Monaco not by BBC.
          I would have rather seen the annoying slow motion replays than watching Alonso frown.

          • Sush Meerkat said on 15th May 2010, 14:48

            Alonso sullenly walks into a bar, the barman goes “Alonso why the long face?”
            “I have a long face” replies Alonso.

            This would be a good time to tell you guys I’m an Alonso fan.

          • Lachie said on 15th May 2010, 14:54

            I’ve often wondered why is it that the BBC don’t have a director for their feed? I mean surely all the cameras around the tracks are filming all the time so have a little motorhome where the BBC guys can pick what they want to show (and what Martin Brundle wants to talk about). Surely a whole lot of the world (I’m in Australia) gets the BBC feed so they’re worthy of their own director.

          • US_Peter said on 15th May 2010, 20:28

            I think all the broadcasters around the world get the same feed from FOM that’s already cut. They don’t have access to individual feeds from all cameras. Pretty much the only control they have over their own broadcast is their ability to replay footage that they’ve already received through the feed. Other than that it’s up to FOM.

        • George said on 15th May 2010, 14:51

          Those [team name]‘s Qualifying got on my nerves, I just walked out after I saw they were doing more of them :P

      • kapow said on 15th May 2010, 16:04

        i hooked up my computer to the stereo and streamed the BBC 5Live commentary from their website. Near-perfect sync with the pictures from Star Sports. so goodbye Slater, hello Crofty + Ant!!

        • Fanatic said on 15th May 2010, 19:53

          Quite the same case over here, though getting to know the times and positions a bit before actually seeing them took quite a bit off the excitement. Wish the commentary across the channels was a bit standardised like it is for MotoGP.

    • MigueLP said on 15th May 2010, 16:07

      massa shouldn receive a penalty just because he held button its wasnt important it was only the 1st lap of his run if he gets penalised we can assure that f1 is completlty run by brits

    • MigueLP said on 15th May 2010, 16:10

      i agree with rosberg he had the pace to do the pole ashame that there isnt any more team splitting the red bulls congrats to kub anyway

      • Macca said on 15th May 2010, 16:38

        We didn’t even get to see any of the pole setters lap!!!

        • US_Peter said on 15th May 2010, 20:30

          You’ll get to see it tomorrow before the race. Well at least in the US, I know SPEED always gives you a guide to the track before the race by showing the pole sitter’s quali lap. Not sure if that’s common to all broadcasts.

  2. Marcin_ said on 15th May 2010, 14:15

    Insanely amazing result for Kubica with this car.
    Great drive.

    • Dennis said on 15th May 2010, 16:03

      I agree completely :) Kubica really showed what he’s capable of. That Renault is definetly not a P2 car, but here the driver is a bit more important. That’s why I’m also a bit surprised to see Vetter behind Webber!

  3. rikadyn said on 15th May 2010, 14:16

    Congrats Mark, You just won Monaco!

    • d-d said on 15th May 2010, 14:24

      oh yeah? you forget it’s Monaco. Fernando forgot and voila.

    • BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:44

      Way to go mate, Mark is really getting to Vettel right now. Its 3:3 with poles between them, but Mark has the last three of them.

      With Kubica in between it won’t be easy for Vettel to have a try at Mark in the first corner.

      I hope to see a lot of nice moves between the new teams and Alonso as well. Heikki looked really fired up, only Kubica came close to that.

      • US_Peter said on 15th May 2010, 20:32

        Nope. Webber only has 2 in a row, his other pole was Malaysia. Vettel had pole in China.

  4. InternetF1 said on 15th May 2010, 14:17

    Dissapointed with McLaren, but at least Alonso crashed out.

    • Button is going to have yet another race behind Schumacher. :D

      • LOL
        I love it too :)

      • BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:46

        Maybe it will force him to do something different, changing tyres early or maybe try conserving them and going for a much longer stint?

        If Barcelona is hard for passing Michael, Monaco must be impossible, but who knows, we might be suprised.

        • Icthyes said on 15th May 2010, 19:28

          Well, theoretically Schumacher would be going as fast as he could (within reason for conserving tyres), so Button can just sit behind him, wait for him to pit, do a good in-lap himself and hopefully come out.

          • Fanatic said on 15th May 2010, 19:57

            Of course there is the probability that Schu gets a good outlap while Button gets hindered by traffic during the in-lap, so don’t suppose pitting later or for that matter earlier would help, it all depends on the traffic, that’s what’s so good (or bad) about Monaco.

    • Do you want to see a race or do you just want your man crush to do laps fanboy? Its okay to root for your guy but if there is no race then it really isn’t anything to be happy about. Incidents can happen to anybody here. Remember when Hamilton (last year?) went off before the hairpin… it didn’t look like he did anything wrong, just bad luck. I’d rather the drivers I respect beat him however than have him beat himself.

  5. kgs said on 15th May 2010, 14:17

    Onboard lap from KUB will be great, this man is really doing maximum!

  6. sumedh said on 15th May 2010, 14:17

    Hope, massa doesn’t get a penalty. but just a warning.

    He and Kubika are the only 2 people likely to challenge Red Bulls.

    • David A said on 15th May 2010, 14:18

      And maybe Hamilton should challenge them too.

      • DanThorn said on 15th May 2010, 14:24

        The McLarens are definately stronger on race pace, but look to be suffering quite badly on the option tyres if practise is anything to go by. If the soft tyres do prove a problem in the race then I think Kubica is looking the strongest.

  7. Simon said on 15th May 2010, 14:18

    Great job from Webber and Kubica. Garbage TV coverage. How did we not see a single corner of Webber’s two flying laps??

    • Xanathos said on 15th May 2010, 14:39

      But instead we saw Alonso’s face for most of the session…was the TV director a fan or what?

      • BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:47

        A shame they did not ask Alonso to make faces, it would have been more interesting that this.

        A shame about the session, it could have been great if we had actually seen that lap.

  8. bisutommy said on 15th May 2010, 14:20

    Gratulations For Webber. But The Kubica was flawless!!!!
    GOGO Kubica

  9. Excellent for Webber. That Vettel needs all the humbling he’s getting.

    Kubica is FIYAH!!!!!!

    • Keeper said on 15th May 2010, 15:22

      I agree J. I used to like Vettel but now I think he’s an arrogant little punk. He’s either sulking when things don’t go his way or gloating when they do. You would think he had already won more championships than Schumacher. He needs to pull his head in and stop listening to all the hype, he hasn’t really achieved anything in the sport yet.

      • MEmo said on 16th May 2010, 2:08

        Humbling? He is still the better of the Red Bulls. It´s just his third (?) season and runs all over Webbo, just like last year. The guy is good, unlike Webbo. Give him a break…

  10. kbdavies said on 15th May 2010, 14:22

    Why the Red Bulls never trouble free practices, look ok in Q1/Q2, only to storm up in Q3? Surely, this is more than just sandbagging. If it was sandbaging, why do they consistently do it? What is there to gain?

    I think it is because they do not want to draw unnecessary attention to themselves in the free practices and early quali’s due to their “magic trick” suspension. A clear change is then made in Q3 which catapults them up the timing board. This way, they always take everyone by surprise, and their competitors are basically stunned into confusion.

    • d-d said on 15th May 2010, 14:47

      yeah, they arrived to grab P1 and P3 just like that. THey dominate every Q and they run same renault engine as Renault team. Very strange to say the least.

      • Lachie said on 15th May 2010, 14:59

        I’m such a hypocrite. If Vettel had stolen pole the way Webber did i’d been screaming bloody murder at their ability to pop out of nowhere…. But Webber got pole so i’m happy :D

        Having said that I’d love for McLaren to have some magical stroke of genius that pops onto their car whatever RBR have on theirs then come Turkey Q3, oh would you look at that! :)

  11. George said on 15th May 2010, 14:23

    Goddamn it, Webber has ruined my quali prediction two races in a row now :(

    • sumedh said on 15th May 2010, 14:26

      Same here. How he has suddenly found more qualifying pace than Vettel is beyond me!!

      • W154 said on 15th May 2010, 14:32

        When the going gets tough, the tough ( and talented) get going!

      • Keeper said on 15th May 2010, 15:48

        Because Vettels arrogance has pi$$sed Webber off thats how. Webber is a better driver than Vettel, he just needed to get angry……and now he’s angry.

        • DanThorn said on 15th May 2010, 17:36

          I think a 100% on form Webber is better than a 100% on form Vettel. Difference is that up till now, Vettel has been the one that can maintain his form more consistantly.

          • Keeper said on 16th May 2010, 13:36

            I agree webber is a better driver than Vettel but I disagree about Vettel having more consistant form. The only consistant thing with Vettel was that he was consistantly given the better fuel strategy last season which put Webber behind from the start. This year, they all carry the same fuel so its in the drivers hands as the teams have to give the ideal pit strategy to the driver in the lead.

  12. schooner said on 15th May 2010, 14:23

    What the heck was Massa thinking?! He ought to be losing some grid spots for sure.

    • rfs said on 15th May 2010, 14:33

      The stewards haven’t said anything about that incident with Button, have they?

      • emil said on 15th May 2010, 18:35

        no….and i,m no surprise….NOW that Jean Todt is leading FIA ..Ferrari driver’s will never be punish…example of that is Alonso bloking Schumacher in OZ and last race in Spain when Alonso cut Rosberg in the pit and almost hit him and destroy both car and Ferrari get only 20.000 USD or EUR and Alonso not even mentioned after, in contrast of that hamilton and vetel far Le’s serious accident ended with huge hip and almost penalties for nothing

        • steph said on 15th May 2010, 18:39

          Seriously? Todt would get so much stick if he did favour Ferrari and this isn’t down to Jean, it’s up to the Stewards one of whom is Damon Hill.
          There have been barely any pentalities this year just reprimands including Vet being dangerous in the pitlane at China.

  13. Congratulations for Robert Kubica !!! P1 tomorrow at the end of the race

  14. Anon said on 15th May 2010, 14:24

    I don’t understand why the camera was on Alonso the entire time.

  15. BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:26

    Amazing driving for Kubica, never saw Webber coming, jumped to pole out of nowhere.
    Rosberg was “upset”, he was better than Schumi bud did not even improve on his Q2 time. So he might have been in front of Massa.
    Nice to see him doing the mind trick things on Schumi! Schumi hitting back with Nico “holding him up” in Q3.

    Schumi did not expect Mark doing better than Vettel.

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