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. Big tick for Petrov, the circuit might suit him but he didn’t crack either. Alonso and Schumacher cracked but don’t run them down for running off, they were just over the edge. Thats what I meant about Massa earlier he might have had 3 run offs in Q3 but he found his edge in a Ferrari that didn’t have it. When Alonso talks afterwards about his performance and the car he never b/s’s, the best thing about Alonso.
    Webber had Vettel right up to Q3 despite the scorecard times, but Vettel was more than close in Q3 despite the mistakes / car rear end collapsing. I wonder now if they have to work on it in parc ferme??????

  2. Great stuff by Webber. Knew he was a good driver… but I must say I didn’t think he was this good.

    I do expect something from Lewis in the race, as he has been very strong on race pace. That goes extra on the hard compound, on wich they will race the longest!
    The first stint will be crucial, if Webber can’t open a big gap he will be vunerable for Lewis!

  3. I can totally understand his frustration…
    To be honest, we see more of the car letting him down than him letting the car (or the team) down…

    Oh c’mon Mandy!

  4. oh by the way,

    does any one know if RBR is allowed to fix the rear end of Seb’s car?

    (darn it, reliability)

  5. i bet guys,,tommorow will be a boring race….iam watching for felipe and michael..

  6. Hey Keith, why aren’t you calling out Alonso for being slower than Massa?

    1. I don’t review every single drivers’ performance in the qualifying round-up. Check the post-race driver form notes for that.

      Having said that I have put up a short piece noting Ferrari’s general lack of pace in the session.

  7. I would like to know what would be the penalization if Schumacher decides to change the tyres. Because I think that it have been damaged. Thanks in advance

    1. You need to start the race on the tyres you set your fastest time on (in Q3 that is)… That’s not the set he destroyed! So no problems for Schumi there!

      1. phew! lucky lucky!

      2. @ Solid

        Isn’t the rule that you will start the race with the tyres that you finish your qualifying? Correct me if I am wrong.

        1. Nope. Ross Brawn confirmed this in his interview after qualy!

  8. RedBull have been caught. .14 seconds in qualifying is nothing in the current rules and finally we may see RBR properly pushed in a race. McLaren has showed good race pace, and we know that RBR is basically borderline on brakes. I’m sure they don’t want to be pushed, not in this heat. This is third race in a row where RBR have not showed dominant speed all weekend, so I don’t know why people continue to debate whether they will be caught. Even Vettels .7s advantage over Hamilton in Spain translated into getting jumped, and, if not for a mechanical, getting beaten. Not wishful thinking, but a clear-eyed look at the record.

  9. I’m more worried about Button, his race starts have been rather poor and he tends to lose about two or three positions during the start. If he ends up behind Schumacher or Rosberg, there’s no way he’ll get past them. He needs to be giving Vettel some pressure at least during the race.

    1. that would be a great stat to have actually, the +/- position of every driver after lap 1 from starting position, so we can see clearly who starts well and who doesn’t

  10. Vettel will move ahead of Hamilton at the start. He’s on the clean side of the track. Hamilton may have to defend his place from Schumacher, who will already have got passed Button who is also on the same dirty side of the track as Hamilton is.

    1. Hamilton has the F-duct

    2. About a couple of races a go, RBR would have jumped and done anything they liked to LH and JB. But I don’t think it is that easy now. We will see tomorrow @1:03pm GMT.

  11. I’m gutted for Alonso and that the F10 wasn’t that quick today but I am slightly happy by this from Dyer
    “Felipe did a great job, managing to get into Q3 and getting every last possible fraction of performance out of the car” …I can manage half a smile then

    1. HounslowBusGarage
      29th May 2010, 20:36

      Crikey Steph! That quote from Dyer should really worry you. Massa got the absolute max from the car and he was still that far from the front row?

  12. There is a chance tomorrow! You’re looking for Lewis to keep a level head, and stay ahead of Vettel and also hope for a probable Webber reliability issue. Lewis for the win to reignite his title chances… I hope. Wouldn’t bet on it though, if lewis wants the win he’s going to try and go around the outside at T8 or something similarly crazy ;)

  13. i think tomorrow’s race is going to be a cracker…..
    surprised to see Red Bull reliability even on a track that is not that harsh on its breaks……
    Lewis/Vettel if Breaks are sorted

    1. Will Schumacher start the race on the tyres he qualify as he have flat-spotted them badly.
      & there seems to be some under aero damage of his car?

      1. Aussie Fan
        30th May 2010, 7:07

        Aero Damage? where did you hear this? Even if there was, I’m sure the team is allowed to inspect the car & replace any broken parts, just like what Red Bull will be doing to Vettel’s Anti Roll Bar today….

        1. The car slide at high speed on the gravel so I thought there may be some damage on the under side of the car.

  14. Of all the qualifying sessions to miss! Hopefully it will be a great race, with Hamilton ahead of Mark but keeping close and things interesting!

  15. i think hamilton will have to take it easy on his tyres

    1. Couldn’t agree more, he had some bad race with tyres in 07 & 08 when he changed 3 times that year.

    2. I think that the RedBull’s being harder on their tyres will be more of a factor during the race.

      But yes, Lewis has had problems with tyres during previous races at this circuit. No complaints from anyone about tyres so far.

      1. Actually just about everyone was complaining that the softs basically could do only one fast lap.

  16. Great qualifying session from Webber once again he raised his game. Alonso’s mistake may cost him this race I really don’t expect that from him. Petrov once again is the best rookie.

    The question that is in mind is that will Schumacher starts the race where he is qualified? Thats’ the only mistake he made in his return in F1.First his car does look to have some under aero damage which may needs some repairing & hence force him to start the race from the back. Even if he starts the race where he is now the tyres will be a issue as we can clearly see that he have flat-spotted them.He did a great qualifying lap it will be a shame not to convert that into a strong race result tomorrow.

    1. Aussie Fan
      30th May 2010, 7:08

      He won’t be using that set of tyres, he will be using the set he did his fastest time on, which are fine as he didn’t spin the car on that run

  17. FI really did a bad job 17th and 11th place. Ok Sutil did well compared with his problem this weekend. But Luizzi he should be in top 10 with the duct I am sure next year he is replaced if they don’t do it soon.

  18. Firstly…
    Did Vettel have a real braking problem, or did he just flat-spot his tyres badly enough with the first lockup that he made heavy braking difficult from then on?
    Ok, so the RB6 was untouchable in Spain. But I personally thought it was just two great laps from Webber in Monaco and Istanbul, and it’s starting to irritate me that some feel it’s just a walkup front row for either RB driver. Even the journalist conducting the post-quali interview subtly made it sound as though Lewis was driving an underperforming car that he dragged into second, and would maybe have had pole with a better car. The McLaren is FAST around this track! They lose out in sector two, particularly turn 8, and make it back up with the long straight down to sector 3, and both teams are even through slow speed corners. I get the feeling Webber is also starting to be irked by this, and not quite getting the credit he deserves for uncorking some brilliant flying laps.

    1. “Did Vettel have a real braking problem,”

      Vettel had a broken roll bar.

      1. Horner also said that Vettel has not flat-spotted any of his tyres.

        Roll bar will be replaced in the morning.

  19. 1/ One of the redbulls i anticipate to have a DNF
    2/ Lewis is going to get excited and wear his tires out.
    3/ I reckon schumacher had a good chance at a podium.
    4/ I have a feeling something bad will happen at the start in the front.

  20. Maybe more towards the end. :)

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