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???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)

  1. BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:30

    Lewis looking on the bright side. Does he know something we dont, or is he just happy to keep Jenson behind?

    I was not convinced by Stefano telling us he does not see any problem with Massa slowing down. Will there be a protest and penalty on it?

    The Red Bull must have everybody thinking about sabotaging their cars by now to have a chance for the rest of the year.

  2. roberttty said on 15th May 2010, 14:31

    Mark Webber starts from pole position for the second [b]race[/b]of the row?

  3. Damon said on 15th May 2010, 14:31

    Robert was awesome!!
    He can still battle it out on the run into the first corner. It’s gonna be crazy!

  4. sumedh said on 15th May 2010, 14:31

    Six consecutive poles by a single team. Surely this is going on the stats and facts page!!

    • DanThorn said on 15th May 2010, 14:34

      They’ve got some way to go to take that record – I longest streak I can think of is 17 for Mclaren in 1988-89!

      • BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:53

        Williams probably had some runs of it with Prost and Ferrari in 2004 did some of it as well.

        But the way the Bulls are going, they might make it 20 in a row this year!

  5. BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:32

    After what Martin Withmarsh said about turing the tyres on in comparison with RBR but Kubica as well. Is it possible the Engine enables them to make most of the dynamics to get heat in the tyres?
    Or did Renault find out what Red Bulls secret is.

    • Martin Brundle noted during the Australian Grand Prix that the Renault had great traction coming off corners, which apparently is one of the most important things in a tight street circuit.

      Vettel also mentioned drive-ability when he was talking about the Renault engine… so perhaps somehow the engine makes it easier to find the right amount of traction… although I have no idea how that would work.

  6. Gaston said on 15th May 2010, 14:34

    Well, this ought to look good for Red Bull. Alonso is basically out of the points, Button will be starting from 8th, and so on. If they don’t make any mistakes and the car doesn’t break down, it should be a productive race.

    I would have much preferred Vettel in pole, but oh well. Next time hopefully.

    Impressive effort by Kubica, but also by Webber. Three tenths? Nice.

  7. Ben Curly said on 15th May 2010, 14:36

    Kubica was doing wonders with his car in first two sectors, but was lacking a bit in the third. I think P1 was within Robert’s his reach, but Webber did an amazing job too. Which is great, because they are both among my favorite characters in F1.

    I felt sorry for Alonso, but after they showed his face for 100th time instead of showing actual action on the track, my compassion went away completely.

  8. Prisoner Monkeys said on 15th May 2010, 14:38

    BOO!

    Sorry, but Webber had a completely anonymous weekend until that flying lap. Kubica, on the other hand, had been doing well all weekend. He was much more deserving of pole.

    • David A said on 15th May 2010, 14:42

      Whoever pulls it out of the bag at the right time in Q3 deserves pole.

      Sorry, but while Kubica was superb, Webber set the fastest time at the right moment.

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

        Gotta agree big time.

        I mean, sure i’d love to see RK on pole, i was watching the quali with my breath held and the moment Webber pull the 1:13 all i said was “Go to hell Neway, go to hell.”

        But again, thats racing, they surely had a fastest car. You could say he didn’t deserve the pole if he cheating getting it, but obviously, he did not.

        • BasCB said on 15th May 2010, 14:55

          Worse thing was, they did not even show that first fast lap of Webber, his first competetive lap of the day!

          Showing Alonso all the time really got me off.

    • rfs said on 15th May 2010, 14:45

      LOL what are you talking about? Practice times don’t mean a thing.

    • Keeper said on 15th May 2010, 16:02

      LOL!! Anonymous?? It may seem that way but that’s the producers fault. They seemed to think Alonso’s sulking head was more interesting than the qualifying session. That was disgraceful television coverage – Webber was 2nd in Q1, 2nd in Q2 and put in two flying laps for pole yet we saw none of it. Instead we got to see a lap from Kubica, a bit of Button, two full laps from Buemi(despite both being 1.5secs off the pace, and the rest was Alonso’s head. Shocker!!!

    • m0tion said on 16th May 2010, 0:55

      1. Webber Red Bull-Renault
      1:15.035 1:14.462 1:13.826
      2. Kubica Renault
      1:15.045 1:14.549 1:14.120

      the camera followed kubica but the times were a different story.

      kubica was pushing harder all three p sessions, and it was entertaining, and he sucked in the media to his story before qualifying had started. but webber had had his purple sectors regularly too even if he missed half p2. lighting up the time sheets in the p sessions doesn’t mean much and rbr seem to turn down their engines deliberately

      • Scribe said on 16th May 2010, 9:53

        Weal, really it does seem like the Redbull was sandbagging, but the producer has got to have the lap delta’s, when webber started setting purple sectors he should have switched to the onboard or something.

        Reallly Kubica’s fastest lap followed by Webbers would have been perfect, BUT NO. We got to stare at Alonso.

        Incidentally, Alonso is our only hope for an interesting race today, so I’d just like to say he’s really great an I hope he can overtake.

  9. Dane said on 15th May 2010, 14:40

    Sour grapes mate. Go the Aussies!

    • Prisoner Monkeys said on 15th May 2010, 16:08

      I am Australian. And I cannot for the life of me stand Mark Webber. I never even had the chance to grew to like him. Remember James Allen’s infamous Lewisteria? Well, it’s about a thousand times worse down here. All we get is Webber, Webber, Webber. The so-called commentators have been known to interrupt the BBC commentary to mention that Webber is on-screen simply because the BBC haven’t mentioned it yet (they did it in Malaysia last year) – an it’s not even Webber, it’s a Toro Rosso. All we’re ever told is that Mark Webber will win, that there’s no competition, that he’s clearly been the best all weekend. Our so-called “expert commentary team” consists of 1) Greg Rust, who should be hooked up to a machine that dispenses increasing amounts of pain every time he mentions “Australia’s Mark Webber”, 2) Cameron McConville, a former V8 Supercar driver who apparently sees no difference between a V8 and a Formula 1 car and seems to resent all the Formula 1 drivers for being in Formula 1 when he isn’t and 3) Darryl Beattie, who is probably the most-qualified of the three to commentate … and his history is of racing bikes! They’re a group of idiots who repeatedly make mistakes, only ever report on Mark Webber’s doings and generally make him out to be greater than Ayrton Senna. And what, I’m expected to like him because Webber is Australian and I am too?

      • Brake Bias said on 15th May 2010, 16:19

        Could be worse PM, they could have Big Dazza doing the commentary again!!!!!!!

      • Mike said on 15th May 2010, 17:16

        I totally agree with your rant, It’s all we get, Did you hear last weekend when they attacked Virgin and said they should have just bought a GP2 car and raced that??? God help us if they find out about the HRT.

        • Electrolite said on 15th May 2010, 22:00

          NONE of that is down to Mark Webber though. I can kind of see why you’re annoyed but ‘can’t stand him’ because of commentators?

          • Cam McConville hasn’t been doing any of the commentary at all this year – he’s been replaced with Craig Baird, so unsure what coverage you are watching :)

            I do get your point though, I really do think that my dislike of Button started from hearing James Allen rave on about him for 8 years, and how great he was without ever having actually acheived anything (Hungary doesn’t count). Thank God BBC didn’t have him on the commentary team last year or I could not have been held responsible for my actions.

          • Prisoner Monkeys said on 16th May 2010, 2:04

            Cam McConville hasn’t been doing any of the commentary at all this year – he’s been replaced with Craig Baird, so unsure what coverage you are watching

            I put them on mute until they pick up the BBC feed.

          • Scribe said on 16th May 2010, 9:57

            PM can you get 5live where you are?

            By far the best F1 programme around at the moment, fantastic knowledgable an exciting commentary, some fantastic guests, we’ve had Stewart (last season) Villenurve and Paul Di Resta all very recently. Croft and Davidson have realy chemistry.

          • I’ll second what Scribe says.

            Davidson is probably the best commentator out there at the moment. We are lucky enough to get 5Live as our commentary over the South African feed. There are ways and means to get 5Live via BBC iPlayer even outside the UK

            Personally I wish Davidson would also do the commentary for the race day feed.

  10. m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 14:41

    keep it coming prisoner monkeys

  11. Glenn said on 15th May 2010, 14:41

    If Massa does not get a penalty for impeding BUT lap then surely HAM will pass him into the first corner. Massa is notorious for poor starts.

    And I feel bad for BUT once again Behind MSC. Surely he will be right there the whole race.

    • David A said on 15th May 2010, 14:43

      How is he notorious for poor starts? In fact I thought it was quite the opposite.

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

      Massa isn’t notorious for bad starts his actually really good at getting the car off the line.

    • Brake Bias said on 15th May 2010, 14:49

      and on the streets of Monaco, can’t really see Button getting past the Schu either, especially with the Schu driving the widest car on the grid

    • George said on 15th May 2010, 14:49

      You mean like that time Massa passed Hamilton around the outside into T1? I dont think he’ll get a penalty, in the end it didn’t impede Button’s final quali position.

    • Someone didn’t watch the Hungarian GP in 2008!

      • Glenn said on 15th May 2010, 15:32

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yH7Kk37-53Q

        This is what i remember.

        First lap action… Id take my chances with HAM over MAS any day.

        • David A said on 15th May 2010, 16:09

          Anyone can look impressive if you take the best bits of their career ;)

          But you know you were wrong about Massa being a poor starter, that is beyond doubt ;)

          • Glenn said on 15th May 2010, 16:24

            ok I’ll concede that. but for seem reason my memories of Massa are of him getting passed. looking through the records his first lap average is even, but somehow he slows down. And of course the freshest things in my mind are Massa getting passed by Alonso in Bahrain in Turn 1 and Massa getting passed in the pit entrance by Alonso in China.

          • David A said on 15th May 2010, 16:41

            Yeah, that’s true. This season, it seems that he just loses whatever he gains from the first lap later on in the race. I guess he is one of the drivers that needs everything perfect in order to excel, which is a quality that makes the other top drivers currently look better than him.

      • Scribe said on 16th May 2010, 10:17

        Someone didn’t watch Australia this year, incandecant start from Felipe

  12. alvatros said on 15th May 2010, 14:49

    FANTASTIC WEBBER’S JOB!! what do u think about Vettels pace…!!!! is he failing?? not sure but obviusly webber is shouting!!
    Fantastic Buemis fast lap..

  13. Fer no.65 said on 15th May 2010, 14:52

    Great to see the good Mark on pole :D! i wasn’t really expecting that, but im soooo happy my fav driver is up there at F1’s most prestigious race. Well he has always been good there.

    @Those saying he was out of Red Bull: HA HA! :D!

  14. m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 14:56

    What I believe has happened between Webber and Vettel is that RBR were able to take the weight out of the chassis so they could get Mark down to the minimum equally with Vettel. This ability to balance the chassis shifting weight around has been huge and driver weight has made a bigger difference than anyone has credited. Webber was talking about a lighter chassis becoming available after Melbourne and I thought he was intrinsically quicker after that except where Vettel attacked the high kerbs on the last timed lap.

  15. m0tion said on 15th May 2010, 14:59

    Oh and on the Monaco difference with Vettel, 4kmh better than him in S2 (F1.com trap times) with total use of the aero through the tunnel, and yet again in the tighter S3 he had the same sort of advantage he had over Vettel in Barca S3

  16. Anna said on 15th May 2010, 15:00

    Another great performance from Robert Kubica. I cant’t believe how far he pushes this car and gets fastest laps. I wish he got Pole – he deserved it driving constantly great through all training sessions and qualifications. Hope he will do even better tomorrow. Go ROBERT !!!!!

  17. Darren said on 15th May 2010, 15:14

    Congratulations to Mark! First Australian on pole at Monaco since Sir Jack Brabham in 1967!

  18. Rubbish Dave said on 15th May 2010, 15:21

    The Massa penalty/no-penalty thing is always going to be awkward… Penalise him and you’ll get people caliming it’s British favouritism by Damon Hill, Don’t and you get claims of favouritism for Ferrari.

    As it stands, less significant blocking has been penalised (and I’m not thinking specifically of Monza 06 here). That the rules with regards to blocking in qualifying were broken is fairly clear. Massa not only failed to move over, but seemed to try and block Buttons attempts to go around. Whether it’s penalised… well, let’s just say I’m glad I’m not the one responsible for making that call. It depends on whether you’re let off due to the driver having time for another attempt.

    My instinct is that it’ll go unpunished.

  19. Webber has always been ‘quick’ in qual
    I would even go as far as saying the only reason Vettel had the wood over him was down to the broken leg and fractured shoulder…

    So it would seem not only has Webber regained some confidence but he is also back to 100% fitness…and the results show…
    Yes he is quick and if he had a decent car in the earlier years he would have had more wins and poles and who know wdc?!?!?

  20. Cyclops said on 15th May 2010, 15:26

    INCREDIBLE drive from Kubica, kudos to Webbo. Tomorrow will be a hell of a fight. As much as I like Mark, I can imagine him making an error while Robert “The Metronome” storming for the win. Cheers from Poland for all Aussies :)

    • Fer no.65 said on 15th May 2010, 15:56

      he has always been very solid at Monaco. He has never crashed on Sunday’s afternoon there…

      why would he crash? The chances are the same as Kub crashing out

      • Cyclops said on 15th May 2010, 21:25

        Never said anything about crashing. I meant an error allowing Kubica to pass (getting in a mess with backmarkers perhaps?). It’s over 70 laps to make a mistake, and to be honest Kubica is less likely to make one. I would never want to see Mark crash or retire with some kind of technical failure.

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