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

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

  1. hoshi said on 29th May 2010, 13:33

    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!!!

    • Dianna said on 29th May 2010, 23:26

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

  2. 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!

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

    • Simon said on 29th May 2010, 13:50

      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!

      • Metallion said on 29th May 2010, 13:58

        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.

    • Todfod said on 29th May 2010, 14:05

      @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.

      • John H said on 29th May 2010, 14:19

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

      • nik said on 29th May 2010, 18:57

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

  4. vettelfan said on 29th May 2010, 14:00

    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.

    • haha said on 29th May 2010, 14:23

      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.

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

    • Gustav said on 29th May 2010, 14:20

      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!

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

      • Krosh said on 29th May 2010, 22:25

        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

    • SoLiD said on 29th May 2010, 14:27

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

    • David A said on 29th May 2010, 15:25

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

    • The Nude Wizard said on 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.

      • christopheraser said on 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.

  6. M0tion said on 29th May 2010, 14:20

    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??????

  7. SoLiD said on 29th May 2010, 14:26

    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!

  8. on9 said on 29th May 2010, 14:30

    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!

  9. on9 said on 29th May 2010, 14:32

    oh by the way,

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

    (darn it, reliability)

  10. rayan said on 29th May 2010, 14:36

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

  11. Nick said on 29th May 2010, 14:39

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

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 29th May 2010, 16:01

      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.

  12. Maiq said on 29th May 2010, 14:39

    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

    • SoLiD said on 29th May 2010, 14:42

      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!

  13. DaveW said on 29th May 2010, 14:47

    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.

  14. KNF said on 29th May 2010, 14:51

    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.

    • nik said on 29th May 2010, 19:01

      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

  15. VXR said on 29th May 2010, 15:25

    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.

    • Patrickl said on 29th May 2010, 19:53

      Hamilton has the F-duct

    • haha said on 29th May 2010, 20:04

      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.

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