Webber claims third consecutive pole position (Turkish Grand Prix qualifying)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

No-one could beat Mark Webber in qualifying once again
No-one could beat Mark Webber in qualifying once again

Mark Webber continued Red Bull’s run of dominance in qualifying with his third consecutive pole position at Istanbul.

But Lewis Hamilton prevented a Red Bull lock-out of the front row.

Last year’s front row occupants Sebastian Vettel and Jenson Button share the second row.


Sebastian Vettel signalled his intention in Q1 with a lap almost half a second faster than his team mate’s. The two Red Bulls ended the session on top with Jenson Button third in the McLaren.

As usual the three new teams failed to progress beyond the first stage of qualifying. Jarno Trulli was the quickest of the six cars, beating team mate Heikki Kovalainen by three tenths of a second.

Vitantonio Liuzzi was the only driver from the established teams to fail to reach Q2. Unlike team mate Adrian Sutil, who missed almost all of final practice, Liuzzi was running Force India’s F-duct on his car.

But he wasn’t able to improve his time on his second effort and, not for the first time in 2010, his qualifying session was over in the first 20 minutes.


A tight second part of qualifying brought a surprise elimination – Fernando Alonso.

Just three tenths of a second covered Button in fourth to Rosberg in 12th as the drivers began their final laps. Alonso was already in the drop zone and a mistake at turn 12 on his penultimate lap left followed by a failure to improve on his final effort left him out of Q3.

Once again it was the two Red Bull cars at the top of the times, with Hamilton in close attendance. Vitaly Petrov made it through to Q3 along with team mate Kubica.


Webber went fastest on the drivers’ first runs, edging Hamilton by three hundredths of a second.

Behind them their team mates were even closer – Vettel just two hundredths faster than Button.

Webber found even more time on his final run and although Hamilton improved as well, Webber held on to pole position.

Vettel, however, made a mistake at the first corner and instantly spoiled his lap. That gave an opportunity for Button to get ahead but he wasn’t able to capitalise.

Button had dropped back and let Schumacher past before they started their final laps. But that backfired when Schumacher spun off at turn eight and Button had to back off because of the yellow flags.

Schumacher stayed fifth and will share the third row with team mate Nico Rosberg.

Full qualifying result

Pos. # Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’27.500 1’26.818 1’26.295
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.667 1’27.277 1’26.433
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’27.067 1’26.729 1’26.760
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’27.555 1’27.013 1’26.781
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’27.756 1’27.438 1’26.857
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’27.649 1’27.141 1’26.952
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’27.766 1’27.426 1’27.039
8 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’27.993 1’27.200 1’27.082
9 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’27.620 1’27.387 1’27.430
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.158 1’27.434 1’28.122
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’27.951 1’27.525
12 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’27.857 1’27.612
13 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’28.147 1’27.879
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.534 1’28.273
15 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’28.336 1’28.392
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’28.460 1’28.540
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’28.227 1’28.841
18 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’28.958
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.237
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’30.519
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’30.744
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’31.266
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’31.989
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’32.060

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  1. Absolutely brilliant job by Lewis – to be so close to the Red Bulls was magnificent – S2 was his only undoing but that couldn’t be helped. Fingers crossed for tomorrow.

    1. agree completely with S huges

      Hamilton did a mega job today and even better news is someone closed the big gap to Redbull to only few tenths now. Races will not be boring now and also hopefully competitive qualifyings from now on.

    2. also thank webber to stop the talking about vettel im sick of people who think vet is the best and specially of the people ruling out web from the champ AND WHAT A ABOUT THAT CHASSIS EXCUSE VETTEL AND SCHUMI great work ham always better than BUT and the ferraris are the disappointment i love ferrari but poor qualy

  2. Keith may want to alter the Q3 times so they’re not sub-minute.

    1. Good session from Mclaren!

      Looking forward to see Mark vs Lewis and Seb sneak by the two of them to win!

    2. Haha, I remember someone made a mistake typing lap times in the prediction game. He’d be happy with that now.

    3. Sorry, using a new system this weekend, evidently not completely foolproof yet!

      1. Don’t be sorry mate. Im merely here as quality control.

  3. Good job, Lewis. Does anyone think he can jump Mark at the start?

    1. He certainly can and will too

    2. Bigbadderboom
      29th May 2010, 14:54

      Great job Lewis, I think it’s more than likely Lewis may be able to capitalise on his performance in Quali. I’d have a small wager on lewis leading after the first lap.

      1. Webber must be the toughest driver to overtake at the start. He doesn’t get off the line well, but he defends like a madman.

        Good job from Hamilton today – he has been driving well all year. But seriously, what has happen with Webber – he has out-qualified Vettel by half a second *again*. That man is certainly on a mission.

        I picked Webber/Vettel/Hamilton for the top 3 and it came through – just not in the order I expected :)

      2. Other observations: the pole time this year was 2 seconds faster than last year – which is amazing.

        Four of the past 5 Turkish Grand Prix have been won from pole. Vettel broke the run last year when he slipped at turn nine allowing button to overtake him (a great moment of the season).

        Last year both Webber and Rubens started on the dirty side of the track – and they both lost places at the start (Webber regained over Trulli later in the first lap). So there is a significant effect of starting in an even numbered position – which could hamper Hamilton tomorrow.

        It also may seem that Mercedes have overtaken Ferrari based on the results today. Alonso made yet another mistake, but the team must be disappointed with Massa running behind the 3 other top teams and a Renault (this was supposed to be his race, where he re-affirms himself and his position at the team on a track that he excels at).

        1. Don’t forget that a lot of the time difference is down to the fact they were running race fuel in qualifying last year.

    3. I think he will have to do it right at the first corner because the advantage red bull have in turn 8 means he wont be able to get close enough to them on the straight. Excellent quali for him though :D

  4. There is no way that i can see Hamilton stuffing his car down the inside of turn 1. If WEB does not get in front of HAM before turn in WEB is in grave danger..

    1. webber has been preventing that move this year by swinging right across as soon as he can and closing off that option by taking the inside line and forcing the other driver onto the outside. He did it in Spain, in Monaco and we all remember how he did it to Rubens last season

  5. “not* stuffing”

  6. Thrilled for four reasons:

    1) Webber destroyed Vettel
    2) Red Bull did not lock out the first row
    3) Petrov got within 0.4 of a second to Kubica
    4) Alonso will be chasing up the field tomorrow

    Furthermore, congratulations to Renault for out-qualifying Ferrari, and Kubica being extremely close to Mercedes ;).

    1. 1), 2) and 4) all happened in Monaco quali as well :)

    2. Red Bull did not lock out front row. Only the 3rd time out of 7 races has that happened!!

      The other 2 instances being Bahrain GP (Webber made a mistake) and Malaysian GP (It was a wet qualifying session). Today (Vettel made a mistake).

      Even the 2004 Ferrari wasn’t so dominant in qualifying!!

      1. What about Monaco?

    3. Yeah I think Petrov is really starting to improve. It’s starting to look like he just needed a few races to find his feet.

  7. Well done Lewis, hoping for a mad Banzai dash to the 1st corner with a Brit in the lead.

    Interesting comments from Vettel in the drivers conference afterwards regarding his break issues..

  8. Great stuff for Red Bull. Hopefully MW can beat LH in the drag to the first corner & lead the race from Go to Whoa.

  9. Vettel having another brake problem? hmm yes i think reliability will bite again.

  10. Please Seb, take this win with Mandy!!

    1. Jhonnie Siggie
      30th May 2010, 0:16

      Good luck with that yo! I think Mandy a bit shabby….

  11. Funny how last year most RBR fans were bored of Brawn by this point and now they’re loving it. Now Merc, Ferrari and Mclaren must be sick and everyone else just slightly disheartened :P

    Smashing job today by Webber. I don’t like to read too much into things but though Seb would be a bit closer to Webber this season.

    Good job also by Hamilton, HRT esp Bruno and Petrov.

    Lotus quali battle is 4-3 to Trulli so maybe Trulli needs a little more praise even if he is looking grumpy and is the quasli master anyway ;)

    Massa put in a good job today I think. I would have liked a little more but he’s struggled with harder tyres a lot so nice to see he was challenging Alonso.
    Mistake from Alonso, a pity but he’s a fighter so some points would be nice. I’m starting to feel sorry for the guy for the amount of stick he’s getting lately though! I’m a bit confused by the mistakes as in 06 against Schumi he was so close to flawless it was unnerving but a few mistakes aren’t the end of the world.

    1. I thought that too – Brundle’s outburst against Fernando came from nowhere! I think he’s overdriving to make up for various mistakes made by himself and the team this year – it’s not like Alonso at all.

      1. Yeah I remember last year (I think at Singapore) Fernando was saying how he may not always be the quickest or pull out the fastest lap but he is always consistant. This year he has been far from consistant, or you could argue, consistantly making mistakes.

        Should be fun to see him make his way up the field though.

        1. I agree. This year Fernando has not displayed the mental composure that has helped him win in 2005 & 06. I think the pressure of driving for Ferrari, as well as making up for some lost opportunities is getting to him. He needs to calm down and avoid unnecessary risks.

          1. Jhonnie Siggie
            30th May 2010, 0:32

            He became aware of his mortality after being pitted against Hamilton. Poor thing can never be the same again

      2. Brundle’s outburst was a surprise, the way he said it made me chuckle though even if I thought it was harsh. I’m a lot more disappointed with some articles and fans who have called Alonso “the fake champion” etc.

        I think if Alonso relaxed or did whatever he needs to do to be more conmfortable and not overdrive then he’ll get in a better situation. He’s still showing his worth by his recoveries but his mistakes are really taking much needed points from his title campaign. It is unlike Fernando right now but I’m sure he can get back to his usual ways before long. I’d lvoe the points for him but at least he is being entertaining

        1. Maybe he’s trying to be too different from Schumacher and wants to be like “Gilles” so that the Ferrari fans will truly love him.

        2. yes, the outburst was a little bit harsh. Sounded like he had been saving it up for a while. I honestly think that fernando is just trying too hard at the moment as is just making lots of silly mistakes as a result.

      3. Well done to Senna.

        Beat his team-mate in qualifying yet again (by 0.8sec), and finished ahead of a Virgin car on merit too. The BBC seemed very harsh on him today!

        1. yes they did seem a bit harsh on young Bruno. I had to laugh at DC “explain yourself with your head in turn 8″ ” I was taking a nap”
          Well maybe not direct quotes :)

    2. Regarding your comment about thinking Vettel would be a bit closer to Webber this season. I think with them being on equal points after the first 6 races it can’t get much closer:)Vettel had the better pace in the first part of the season but also had some problems while Webber’s had the upper hand the past few races. There’s still a long way to go and it looks like it could be a nice close fight:)

      1. Yeah it should be a close fight. I didn’t phrase that very well at all did I? :P I meant I thought Vettel would be ahead of Mark

        1. Jhonnie Siggie
          30th May 2010, 0:44

          A close fight between the Bulls is perfect for the likes of HAM, ALO & KUB. It might in fact be their only shot of overhauling them and taking the championship late in the season. If RB ever had a paring like MSC and BAR, MSC would have been leading by miles. This is the unfortunate thing when you have 2 drivers, neither of which can consistently beat the other. You might win the constructor’s title but it gives the opposition a sniff at the driver’s title

  12. Good job by webber again. Hamilton drove very well for second, but clean side of the track more important here than in Monaco or Barcelona due to side the cars run and also short distance to turn one. Vettel is under pressure now, alot of pressure, interesting stuff.

  13. LH is on the dirtier side, so he could be busy defending against mad Vettel or be knocked out by Vettel if he is unlucky.

    I can see lots of lock ups and cars going off-road tomorrow. Would the front leaders make such mistakes?

  14. Very surprised at Fernando’s comments about him being on the absolute limit even without the mistake. In that case looks like Massa’s done a great job but Ferrari have really messed it up on such a historic and important weekend for them.

    Great to see that McLaren seem to have sussed their qualifying and they could be a major headache for Red Bull in the race. Mark’s going to have to have a super first lap tomorrow to stave off Hamilton.

    1. I didn’t know about Alonso’s comments so thanks for that Dan. I can feel happier with Felipe now!
      Ferrari seem to slip up in quali taking gambles, Mal would be the last example. Hopefully a good race strategy, pace and overtaking will see our drivers get some good points!

      1. Indeed! I’ve already planned how the race is going to go tomorrow, ending with Alonso first and Massa second. ;)

        1. I’d love Massa first but because it is Ferrari I can accept that result esp on the 800th GP :P

      2. Michael Schumacher made Ferrari great in recent years,after the time they spent in the doldrums,let us hope they are not slipping back too much.

  15. What ? no posts about Michael intentionally throwing car off to maintain his position!

    1. Looked like a mistake to me. From the one replay I saw I did wonder if he could have made it out of the run-off but haven’t had chance to look at it closely.

      1. i am sure if you look hard enough you will see exactly what you want!

    2. Hah, I was waiting for that. Somehow I don’t think turn 8 is where you’d do it… :)

      1. From TV I think that Schumacher has damaged his tyres, in the case that may be they are very damaged, can he change his tyres?

        1. He will use the tyres he set his fastest lap of regardless of whether he went off on them.

          He set that time on his first run so will use the other set of tyres from Q3

    3. LOL. Well this time Schumi was just plain stupid, as he parked the car way off track.

      1. How’s that stupid? Parking the car close to the track would seem considerably ill-advised.

        1. Schumi made a mistake by missing the first apex then he was just a passenger after that. He could have back off & abort that lap, hope he didn’t damage his car under aero.

          1. He could have backed off or was he passenger?

            To me it looked like he kept pushing when he should have given up.

          2. That wasn’t a mistake. I’ve watched 3 or 4 onboard shots of him through turn 8 during the weekend and he misses the first, second and third apexes purposely, and only connects up with the kerb on fourth. He simply just bottomed out.

    4. I reckon it was an honest mistake. I guess even “the best” slip up sometimes. Turn 8 is a beast of a corner. no one would be stupid enough to purposely lose control and spin on a 260km/h corner.

  16. Alonso has messed up my prediction..tow times in a row now..

    Kobayashi should also be praised for his good effort going into q3.

    disappointed with karun getting comprehensively beaten by bruno..come on karun!!!

    1. Alonso does not look well to me.His face in the last few races shows extreme tiredness.

  17. So happy for Webber. He totally deserves to shine!!!
    LOL @ Vettel rolling eyes at the press conference. He’s such a sore loser!

    Watch out for Hamilton Webber at the first corner!

  18. And big LOL @ Alonso
    I bet Ferrari is thinking huh, maybe we should have kept Iceman

    1. Iceman or Icecream man?

      Alonso is making some mistakes, but is still trying. I loved Kimi, but he was over it and should not come back.

      New stars and heros come along, look what Webber and Button are doing in good cars!

      1. I think if it had been Kimi in that Ferrari, getting the results Alonso is getting, he would have got a whole lot more criticism than what Alonso is getting.

    2. @J. Im a big fan of Kimi, but he was getting his behind kicked by Massa in 2008 and uptil Hungary 2009.

      Now… Massa > Kimi and

      Alonso > Massa

      Do the math. I really dont think Ferrari is regretting their decision to get Alonso. Other than Kubica, Alonso was the best driver they could get.

      1. I think you’re forgetting Massa’s bash to the head Todfod.

      2. Theory: it is impossible to have a comment thread on the internet about motor racing without somebody eventually mentioning Kimi

  19. Interesting stat: Except for last year, every driver to finish 1st and 2nd in Turkey, has started from pole and 3rd.

    Things could be looking better for Vettel now.

    1. Yeah, I wish LH lets Vettel go so he could scrap with his mate. LH has no other competition judging from his Qs and drive. It should be a guaranteed 3rd place for him.

  20. Vettel is such a sore loser! Look at him looking away in the picture and being so miserable overall.

    1. About 1000 pictures are taking of the drivers every day. You can’t expect them to look all happy and satisfied all the time. Of course he is disappointed, if he wasn’t competitive enough to be disappointed he wouldn’t be in F1. It has absolutely nothing to do with being a sore loser.

      Hamilton will take it tomorrow, he’ll kill Webber on the first lap!

      1. You are right. He has to be dissappointed hey.

      2. hehehehe. Really, being happy every time is very very hard. J, what were u expecting? There are cameras in almost all positions. How could Vettel say “X” to all? heheheheh

    2. A great champion must be dissapointed after he failed to deliver the maximum!
      Should he be happy? Surely not!

    3. Because top F1 drivers are supposed to be always satisfied with 3rd place…

    4. The Nude Wizard
      29th May 2010, 21:32

      While i think Vettel has every right to be dissapointed, show it and say so, there’s also a right and a wrong way to do things and i think his performance at the post quali press conference once muttering comments under his breath in reply to Webber and later rolling his eyes after Mark had spoke i found to be very childish, unprofessional and unsporting. Even if his intent was none of the above, it’s all about appearances and he had to know the world was watching it wasn’t a matter of an unfortunate camera snap shot.

      1. christopheraser
        30th May 2010, 3:57

        I agree, before this season started I was sure that Vettel would beat Webber. I am glad that Webber has found something and taken it back to Seb. After watching Vettel in the press conference I hope Webber pounds him the rest of this season.

        You didn’t see Webber acting like a petulant child last year when he was regularly beaten by Vettel, he was just happy to be in a team team that was performing and Vettel should consider himself lucky too. Doesn’t take much for a team to drop off the radar.

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