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.


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

  1. 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


        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

  2. 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..

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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 !!!!!

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

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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?!?!?

  10. 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.

  11. 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”

    • DaveW said on 15th May 2010, 15:37

      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.

      • 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.

      • S Hughes said on 15th May 2010, 15:48

        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.

        • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th May 2010, 16:15

          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.

          • Younger Hamilton said on 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.

          • m0tion said on 16th May 2010, 0:04

            Unbiased presentation from Keith this year in my view also

        • Again..!!!

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

          • 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..

          • Mike said on 15th May 2010, 16:47

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

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th May 2010, 19:14

            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.

      • Younger Hamilton said on 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

        • 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.

          • steph said on 15th May 2010, 23:24

            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.

          • Younger Hamilton said on 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.

          • AP said on 16th May 2010, 0:58

            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

          • AP said on 16th May 2010, 1:10

            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…..?!?!?!?

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 16th May 2010, 8:38

            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…

          • @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.

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th May 2010, 16:19

      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.

      • Ratboy (@ratboy) said on 16th May 2010, 1:09

        “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

  12. DaveW said on 15th May 2010, 15:41

    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.

    • Todfod said on 15th May 2010, 15:53

      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.

      • Mike said on 15th May 2010, 16:52

        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!

        • Mike said on 15th May 2010, 16:55

          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…

          • Todfod said on 16th May 2010, 11:16

            @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?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th May 2010, 16:20

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

    • sumedh said on 15th May 2010, 18:30

      2 wrongs don’t make a right.

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

      • Electrolite said on 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.

  13. WEBBER IS GREAT said on 15th May 2010, 15:44

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

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

  14. Hoshi said on 15th May 2010, 15:52

    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

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

    If my maths skills are correct.

    • Mike said on 15th May 2010, 17:03

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

      • I remember 24 before the Bahrain GP.

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

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