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

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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.


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.


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.


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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  1. One thing I have to point out…if this was Hamilton whipping the field by being the only man in the 13’s and 3tenths faster than 2nd…
    It would be Hamilton DOMINATES qual….
    A Senna esk’ performance…


    But Mark just “beats Kubica to pole position”

    1. Right. Keith is the John Bull of F1 bloggers and will not rest until the world toils under a British yoke. Give it up. If anything, Keith has been pretty quick to malign Lewis Hamilton and at every opportunity this year.

      1. it not really in relation tho this site, even though I may have used keiths headline…

        I was more referring to the tv coverage, and every other f1 media outlet..
        SO forget here just to not get anyone’s knickers in a knot.

      2. True. There is absolutely no favouritism towards Lewis from Keith this year, if anything, more invitations to bash and not heralding good performances. Whereas he has been quick to defend/protect Button.

        So, you’ve got it completely wrong there AP.

        1. I haven’t got a preference for either driver and I don’t believe I’ve shown one.

          And I don’t think anyone will be persuaded by someone who leaps at every opportunity to criticise Button and praise Hamilton to the hilt.

          1. Younger Hamilton
            15th May 2010, 20:46

            Everyone always defends and favours Jenson always JENSON JENSON JENSON!!!it has to be about Jenson all the time,what about Lewis he has done brilliant drives so far this season and you havent even commented on that not even saying something on the articles like ‘Lewis produced a Spectactular drive from that grid position or produced fantastic overtakes’ we come to this website to express our feelings about the Cars,Drivers and Teams we talk about what happened in Quali and in the race.Keith, you shouldnt favour one particular driver,im not saying you are but there are a couple of suggestions that you are (Jenson!) but you made this website dont make this website a Anti-Hamilton or Alonso one.

          2. Unbiased presentation from Keith this year in my view also

        2. Again..!!!

          I was more referring to the tv coverage, and every other f1 media outlet..!
          even though I may have used keiths headline…

          1. and b4 I have another post saying the same bloody thing…

            I am not really meanind this site, EVEN though I may have used Keiths headline…

            I was more referring to the tv coverage, and every other f1 media outlet..

          2. Kubica vs Webber was the theme in qual, and the Title represents that.

          3. Well what do you expect if you come to this site and complain? If you leave a comment in response to an article, quoting it, people are going to assume you’re talking about this article.

      3. Younger Hamilton
        15th May 2010, 20:36

        i actually agree with you on that its actually Lewis and McLaren that Keith has been maliging no offence Keith,but i read a article i think during the chinese gp weekend it was about lap time comparison and it said that McLaren were the fourth fastest car on the grid we all know thats not true and that McLaren are the 2nd Fastest car behind Red Bull

        1. Don’t be ridiculous. Keith is one of the most fair-minded F1 journalists I’ve come across. Even some of the seasoned pros, who have been doing it for years, show more partisanship than Keith does. In general Keith’s writing is just brutally honest – he’s been as critical of Schumacher, Alonso and virtually every other high-profile driver (and team) as he has about Hamilton. And he’s defended all of them from their critics in the past too. Just look at the archives.

          If you want a shameless Hamilton/McLaren love-in then I suggest you pick up a copy of F1 Racing. It’s your money.

          1. No Andy did you not see last weekend? If you look closely at Hamilton’s onboard just before his wheel rim failure you can clearly see Keith hanging onto the tyre with a crow bar trying to rip it off. ;)
            Sorry couldn’t resist!
            Agree that Keith is without shadow of a doubt, one of the most balanced journalists. Drivers can get it right/wrong sometimes and Keith just honestly reports it. If there’s any issues I think Keith is just an easy target for when fans don’t like what happens on track. Besides, if Keith is so terrible why keep visiting?
            Keith I for one really appreciate everything you do. Everyone can have soft spots but it takes a great character to report fairly and iron it out.

          2. Younger Hamilton
            16th May 2010, 0:43

            I do think Keith is a great Journalist of course,he has built one of the best F1 Fanatic Website i’ve ever seen all updated,Track Info and even recommends people to watch other caterories of Motorsport but im just expressing how i feel in the situation i may have been a little harsh but thats just how i feel.

            Sorry Keith if i’ve upsetted you.

          3. you idiots…

            I cant be any more CLEAR in saying I was NOT referring to this site…in the past yer but I have even made mention a long while ago how it has changed..

            But to make a point ON OTHER sites even just going back to last year…

            Heres a few headlines 09
            “last-gasp Button steals Monaco pole” f1.com
            “Superb Button steals Monaco pole” bbc
            “Streets ahead: Brawn leader Button lands pole again” mailonline
            “Jenson Button does it again as Ferrari hit back” F1Fanatic

          4. ok just because you all cant read..and decided to have a crack even after I MADE it quite clear I wasn’t even referring to this site…

            “Webber beats Vettel to pole”
            “Webber gambles for pole”
            “Webber beats Kubica”
            F1 Fanatic
            “Untouchable Hamilton claims Abu Dhabi pole” F1 Fanatic

            could I be any clearer now…..?!?!?!?

          5. Hamilton had been fastest in all three parts of qualifying – indeed he had never been outside the top two all weekend. His margin of superiority was more than twice what Webber’s is here, so I think “untouchable” is a fair description.

            But don’t worry, I’m sure S Hughes will be along in a moment to explain how this is further evidence of me always begin critical of Hamilton…

          6. @AP – In Spain and Monaco, Webber was not untouchable – he beat Vettel by a tenth I think, and now Kubica by 3 tenths. In Malaysia he got pole with a very different strategy.

            Hamilton really was untouchable in Abu Dhabi – he got that pole by around a second I think.

            That’s the difference.

    2. The headline reflects what happened in the session and in the weekend so far. With Alonso out of the picture Kubica looked good in FP3 and strong in qualifying.

      The story of qualifying was Webber doing the business and beating Kubica. Hence the headline.

      The gap is three-tenths of a second, that’s not domination, especially not when the guy on pole is in the fastest car on the grid and the guy alongside him is in the fifth-fastest car.

      I’m not saying any of this to denigrate Webber – he did a great lap and was quicker than Vettel. But you have to respect what Kubica did too.

      1. “Heres a few headlines 09
        ‚Äúlast-gasp Button steals Monaco pole‚ÄĚ f1.com
        ‚ÄúSuperb Button steals Monaco pole‚ÄĚ bbc
        ‚ÄúStreets ahead: Brawn leader Button lands pole again‚ÄĚ mailonline
        ‚ÄúJenson Button does it again as Ferrari hit back‚ÄĚ F1Fanatic”

        I cant see whats wrong with the F1.com or F1fanatic one really, there merely stating Button has got pole.
        The other two are more Button focused but hey thats the british media for you,
        they also thought Tim Henman would win Wimbledon :p

  2. And, yes, Massa needs a penalty. If Fred got that penalty for impeding Massa at Monza when he was 100m ahead, what is the deal now? Button was always a couple tenths off Hamilton’s pace so the result may not have been any different butt- Massa, but without rules, civilized society would crumble, etc. If it were Hamilton slamming on the brakes in Rascasse with a Ferrari just behind we would already have 150 comments reciting Hamilton’s rap sheet and solemnly condemning him for more purposefully ruthless behavior. If it were Alonso, similar result, though in less degree.

    1. Button was really off with his timing on that lap.. he was 7 to 8 tenths off after S2. Nothing would have come out of it anyways.

      What annoys me is the constant crying of Jenson Button. “I cant get by Schumi..waaa waaa. massa spoilt my already slow lap…waaa waaa… i cant get no grip.. waa waa.”

      Jenson should shutup and stop blaming people everytime he is ridiculously slow. I liked him before he was WDC, as no one expected anything from him, and he didn’t have to make excuses for not being as fast as the better drviers on the grid.

      1. I haven’t heard Button say waa waa massa slowed me, in fact, it was the commentators both on tv and here who have said it!

        1. Scrap that, just read something he said, but regardless, He does have a right to complain, Massa should have done better.

          ridiculously slow? maybe, but he’s won two races that way…

          1. @mike. Are you telling me that jenson won those races on pure pace and great overtaking? or was it due to a little bit of luck and good strategic calls?

    2. Worth remembering the rules on impeding have changed since Monza ’06.

    3. 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

      An insane decision (Alonso Monza penalty) should not be the precedent for future decisions.

      1. Electrolite
        15th May 2010, 21:36

        AP, Webber didn’t dominate qualifying. And Keith’s given Hamilton plenty of praise on this site, I just think his fans remember the worser stuff about him and haters remember the good stuff. He came 5th, end of.

    15th May 2010, 15:44

    GO WEBBER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Awesome. Webber is awesome. What a championship. Bring it on!

  4. Great drives from Webber and Kubica and Liuzzi..its his first time out qualifying sutil, i beleive.

    Disappointed with both Nico’s, expected more out of them…street circuits bring out the best drivers to the front.

    I hope Ferrari takes Kubica on board next year…Alonso and Kubica would be huge contest

    1. Thats the dream team right there.

  5. if webber wins, vettel come in 2nd and button 6th there is a 3 way tie for wdc…

    If my maths skills are correct.

    1. That just might be unprecedented, what is the most drivers to have ever been equal in a championship?

      1. I remember 24 before the Bahrain GP.

        After Silverstone 2008 there was a three-way tie – Massa, Hamilton and Raikkonen on 48, Kubica 46.

  6. Massa messed with Button times and Barrichelo with both Rosberg and Schumacher. Monaco does not provide the best Q3s…

    Alonso should pull a ‘Hamilton’ since he’s starting last. I bet he’ll catch up Massa :D

  7. I dont think the live television feed shows the best action taking place on the track. FOM keeps the best action pictures for their own production at the end of the year. The fans are simply robbed of the best.

  8. I didn’t know where to ask this but thought I might get a reply here: Fernando missed qualifying so, short of anything dramatic happening, he’s not exactly likely to get any points. Would it be possible if Ferrari decided it wasn’t worth it for him to skip the race entirely? Is that allowed? (Hypothetically speaking; I’m sure Fernando will race despite starting in the pit lane!)

  9. Hi all,
    Just moved from Aus to USA, and wondering if anyone knows where I can stream the race from? I watched it on SPEED TV last week, but its not available where I am this week… plus its just not the same without hearing Martin’s voice!!

  10. forza kubica :)

  11. Younger Hamilton
    15th May 2010, 17:47

    Well done to Kubica for spliting the red bullshe was fantastic and blitz in the practice sessions i think this was the best quali so far this season despite a red bull (Mark) still coming out on top.I was expecting more from the two Mclarens since Monaco being a track Mclaren are always very strong if the Renault and the two redbulls dominate at least slot in 4th and 5th behind them but overally P5 for Lewis and P8 for Jenson,Ok.Everyone was struggling with the option tyres(Soft Compound)i was very surprised i only realised that when Martin Brundle went mad in Q3 over the commentary with everyone struggling.Anyway at least Alonso starts from the pits

  12. Brilliant drive from Kubica. It was outstanding performance.

  13. Younger Hamilton
    15th May 2010, 17:50

    2nd Comment,I think Mark Webber to win the race,Lewis Hamilton to get Fastest lap,and podium:

    1st Webber
    2nd Kubica
    3rd Hamilton
    1st Webber
    2nd Hamilton
    3rd Kubica

    1. i reckon Kubica might steal the top. He is very good at starts and has shown an amazing performances in Monaco

      1. Dirty side not much good in Monza

        1. Must have meant Monte Carlo! dislexia will be my next blog tag!

          1. doesn’t look right either .. dyslexia

  14. Younger Hamilton
    15th May 2010, 18:01

    Red Bull are really making F1 Qualifying boring can anyone stop them in Quali everyone,you do know its not good in terms of TV Views and Ratings if this trend continue.I think only McLaren can stop them considering that they can develop a car through a season better than anyone else.The Only think they can do now is keep spliting the two Red Bulls in the race.Because our race pace if not the best then level with red bull its most certainly better than Ferrari and Mercedes.

    1. Electrolite
      15th May 2010, 21:27

      You obviously weren’t watching f1 7-8 years ago. I think the quali sessions have been among the best i’ve ever seen this year. Proper edge of the seat stuff. And by reading your previous comments you wouldn’t be saying that if Hamilton had got every pole so far ;)

  15. Younger Hamilton
    15th May 2010, 18:17

    i fear for Lewis,will this year become the 2006 Kimi Raikkonen who never won a race that season and the best results of the were a couple of 2nd place finishes and lots of fastest laps in races.Lewis needs to pick up a couple of wind under his belt and hope Redbull slip up.I dont want that to happen to Lewis

    1. Younger Hamilton
      15th May 2010, 18:23

      sorry too many mistakes let me rewrite it:

      i fear for Lewis,will he this year become the 2006 Kimi Raikkonen who never won a race that season and the best results of the season were a couple of 2nd place finishes and lots of fastest laps in races?Lewis needs to start picking up race wins under his name and hope Redbull slip up and McLaren catch up to them ASAP.I dont want that happening to Lewis which probably resulted in Raikkonen moving to Ferrari in 07.

      Please McLaren Catch red bull or F1 will probably go back to the low TV Ratings years when Ferrari had a 4 year Dominance with Michael Schumacher

      1. It’s nice that you have such a passion for Lewis. But you might find the sport more enjoyable if you learn to appreciate the sport for the sport, rather than looking at it from such a passionate single angle. The competiveness af the racing this year between teams is much tighter and more variable than the long term average in F1. If you think something is boring just because your favourite is not winning you are costing yourself enjoyment along the way. My advice would be to enjoy the sport and treat it as a bonus if your favourite wins or does well.

  16. I’s really too bad that Alonso crashed out. I’m no big fan of his, but it would have been way more desirable to have him circulating the track during qualifying. That would have spared us being constantly subjected to those shots of his sour puss glaring out from the back of the garage. The director must be Spanish. Sure hope he manages to finish the race tomorrow so we don’t get treated to more of the same!

  17. Regarding Massa and Button, I suspect there were a lot of other similar incidents that weren’t shown on television.

    1. Electrolite
      15th May 2010, 21:30

      This is true. Alluding to Webber’s 2 flying laps also, it just shows how difficult it is to get coverage of all the action at Monaco.

      Also, if what Massa said is true, Massa was being held up by someone else, so it was a sort of dominos effect that Button suffered from – Button wouldn’t have seen the guy in front of Massa round the last corner.

  18. Kubica is good but he does lack that flair.alonso is a champion driver alittle bit of a cry baby tho.I’m sorry but who’s webber?and vettels got no metal!they just got dam good cars.like button had last year.button is an average driver but with a lot of experience to giv him the edge a winer tho.lewis is the most naturally talented race driver on da track nw.imagin him in da red bull!!shcumacher as long as he don’t get his way he wnt b getn any wins…ps vettel is arrogant,o and massa is too inconsistent.not champion material.

    1. Electrolite
      15th May 2010, 21:32

      How can you say Kubica has no flair? Did you even watch that qualifying session? :P

      1. Totally agree…he s shown the most flair to me!!!!!!!!

    2. you only get “that flair” cred from a lot of the crowd when you have “those wheels” under you. but there is a whole dimension of auto sport many miss with some of the best drivers in 2nd rate cars. follow some of them and you get more out of the sport. it will be great to see if hulk can get on terms with rubens, it might make a man out of him and then he can be a champion. the respect ricciardello is showing rbr is already showing with his maturity

      i thought kubica could have given a bit more driving wise at bmw when he had justifiable reasons for his grudge but he has always been a sensation when committed. it is great seeing him rise from poland where money backing, no home gp, and the smaller fan base mean you have to be so much better than those around you and to stay out of the clutches of pay drivers

  19. Younger Hamilton
    15th May 2010, 20:20

    Wow Ferrari and McLaren need to kidnap Adrian Newey and nick those extra tenths of Red Bull

  20. Good qualifying session, as you can expect from Monaco GP.
    I was surprise to see Massa backed off that much in front of Button, to me that was unnecessary.But I think the Mercedes may be disappointed. Good job from Rubens Barrichello. & Massa have finally shown some good pace his last flying lap in Q3 was awesome as he slides his car on the last corner.

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