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. Alexi said on 15th May 2010, 16:20

    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

  2. Sven said on 15th May 2010, 16:35

    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.

  3. Leah said on 15th May 2010, 16:52

    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!)

  4. Matt said on 15th May 2010, 17:10

    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!!
    Thanks
    Matt

  5. meszkov said on 15th May 2010, 17:23

    forza kubica :)

  6. Younger Hamilton said on 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

  7. some1 said on 15th May 2010, 17:48

    Brilliant drive from Kubica. It was outstanding performance.

  8. Younger Hamilton said on 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
    or
    1st Webber
    2nd Hamilton
    3rd Kubica

  9. Younger Hamilton said on 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.

    • Electrolite said on 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 ;)

  10. Younger Hamilton said on 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

    • Younger Hamilton said on 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

      • Simon said on 16th May 2010, 3:21

        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.

  11. schooner said on 15th May 2010, 18:40

    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!

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 15th May 2010, 19:15

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

    • Electrolite said on 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.

  13. wayne said on 15th May 2010, 19:21

    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.

    • Electrolite said on 15th May 2010, 21:32

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

    • m0tion said on 16th May 2010, 0:20

      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

  14. Younger Hamilton said on 15th May 2010, 20:20

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

  15. wasiF1 said on 16th May 2010, 1:55

    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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