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

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  1. I think Schumacher will be looking to take both McLaren’s into the first corner. Both McLaren’s are on the dirty side of the starting grid.

  2. I think button will lose a spot at the start probably to schumacher. i also think theres a possibility vettel will get beside hamilton, who will get desperate to fend him off and theyll collide

  3. HounslowBusGarage
    29th May 2010, 20:39

    What? Can’t hear you. SPEAK UP!

    1. Aussie Fan
      30th May 2010, 7:11


  4. How about big ups for Kobayashi getting his Sauber to p10!? And how about Liuzzi making a case for being replaced before the season’s out? Bravo Webber, bravo to both Renault drivers and Renault development, Bravo to McLaren improving. Thumbs down for Ferrari and Williams.

    All in all, it feels like it could be a good one tomorrow.

    1. HounslowBusGarage
      29th May 2010, 22:28

      Well yes, but I’m equally impressed by Petrov being less than half a second away from his team leader.
      There are lots of possibilities here -Petrov might be learning quickly, Kubica might have had a problem, Renault mnight have made significant improvements etc etc. Who cares? We might have five horse race from here on.

  5. Kamui of Toyota times is back.I think that japanese guy can do an excellent job yet, all he needs to take is his inspiration from 2009. In 2009, he was driving as Massa in Sauber ‘crazy’ times ( what happened, Massa? ), and I was really appreciating it. However, he hasn’t managed good positions, this year. Good luck for Kamui.

  6. Totally agree Nude Wizard, Vettel really had the sads and was very unprofessional in his reactions during post quali press conference. I would not expect him to be happy but be fair and show some maturity and sportsmanship. His personality has certainly changed since Webber has been nailing the results- he’s not the first driver to ever react that way but it certainly doesn’t make him any more fans or friends.

    1. John Cousins
      30th May 2010, 8:05

      Perhaps Vettel’s reliability problems are due to a lack of mechanical sypathy. Maybe he is too rough on the car??? Vettel’s behavior was disgraceful. For a paid professional to behave like that in a press conference is unaccepatble. When Mark is beaten by Seb, he is always mature, polite and behaves in a sportsman-like manner. Pull your head out of your own ass you stuck up little German. (I am not a paid professional, therefore I may say this!)

      1. Well spoken JC. I have read elsewhere that the wunderkind broke his anti-roll bar by rough driving earlier in Q3. Looks like the pressure is really getting to him- he has been reading too much of the pro Vettel media spin from earlier this year which had him winning everything this year.
        Frustration on the first lap may lead to collision with LH which would leave a 3 way race between MW JB and MS who just also happen to be drivers who can think and drive at the same time..

  7. As much as I am sure Alonso is rueing his mistake, I am looking forward to another awesome drive from him as he charges up the grid and salvages whatever points he can from such a lowly starting position. Whilst he has certainly been making it hard for himself this season, there is no doubt that he has provided plenty of action for us to cheer. I for one, hope he makes Brundle eat his words ! And I am absolutely stoked about Webber’s pole, fingers crossed that he can make it three on the trot.

  8. It is about time to rename the Red Bull team to..Red Bullies…
    Every week end it looks like no matter how the rest manage to improve, they have that special something to demoralize everybody else.

  9. Electrolite
    30th May 2010, 9:27

    I felt the commentary was very shabby today.

    “I’m begininng to get cynical of Koboyashi’s skill…”

    HE’S ONLY FINISHED ONE RACE!! Also he’s got the Sauber into Q3 for the third time and tends to better his much more experienced team mate.

    “I can’t help but think Mercedes have turned to Schumacher’s likings”

    For the 4325792857585708923872th time Rosberg and BRawn has said they benefit from the same things and have a similiar style! Rosberg was quickest in Q2 at monaco and was competent throughout Turkey qualifying except for getting a lap together the very end – which Schumacher struggled to do as well.

    And then when the final few minutes happened – Hamilton vs Red Bulls, and Vettel’s screw up – no hype at all! Itwas expected, admittedly, but still…

    Rant over ;)

  10. teeb123456789
    30th May 2010, 10:45

    Its so ironic how Alonso and Sutil posted quicker times in Q2 than Kobayashi in Q3

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