Vettel on pole as Red Bull dominate at Silverstone (British GP qualifying)

Sebastian Vettel is on pole position for the second year in a row at Silverstone, leading yet another Red Bull one-two.

But reigning champion Jenson Button starts in 14th place for his home Grand Prix after failing to reach Q3.

Team mate Lewis Hamilton starts from fourth place alongside Fernando Alonso.

Q1

The usual suspects were eliminated in the first part of qualifying – all three of the new teams, with Heikki Kovalainen the fastest of the six.

Timo Glock managed to split the two Lotuses, but the gap between the new teams and the established runners was over two seconds.

Jaime Alguersuari qualified 18th and was unable to get into Q2. He briefly escaped the drop zone but a late improvement from Vitantonio Liuzzi – who had to use a set of soft tyres to do it – relegated the Toro Rosso driver.

Q2

McLaren sent both their drivers out on the soft tyres from the beginning of Q2, indicating their concerns about not being able to reach Q3.

Button struggled on his first run and was complaining on the radio about a lack of grip. His best time on his first run was a 1’32.024 which left him 12th.

During the final set of laps, Nico H?â??lkenberg’s efforts to improve were spoiled by Vitantonio Liuzzi, who had also held Button up in Q1.

Button wasn’t able to make it into Q3, his best effort seven tenths of a second off Hamilton’s, leaving him 14th on the grid. He described his car as “undriveable”, adding “the car felt good this morning”.

Webber ended the second part of qualifying fastest, after Vettel had headed the first part. The battle for pole position would be contested exclusively by the RB6 drivers.

Q3

From the beginning of Q3 it was clear this was going to be a repeat of qualifying in Barcelona. The Red Bulls were untouchable, over seven-tenths of a second quicker than their rivals and the only cars able to lap Silverstone and less than 90 seconds.

Webber took provisional pole position with his first effort but Vettel quickly nicked pole position off him. When Webber failed to improve with his last effort it confirmed Vettel on pole position for the second year in a row at Silverstone.

Vettel was the only one of the two running the team’s new front wing – the other one having broken on Vettel’s car during final practice this morning.

Fernando Alonso would surely not have qualified better than third even if he hadn’t been stuck behind another car at the start of his final lap. Lewis Hamilton salvaged fourth – ten places ahead of his team mate.

Full qualifying times

Pos. # Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’30.841 1’30.480 1’29.615
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’30.436 1’30.114 1’29.758
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’31.019 1’30.700 1’30.426
4 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.297 1’31.118 1’30.556
5 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’31.406 1’31.085 1’30.625
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’31.680 1’31.344 1’31.040
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’31.313 1’31.010 1’31.172
8 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’31.424 1’31.242 1’31.175
9 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.533 1’31.327 1’31.274
10 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’31.720 1’31.022 1’31.430
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’31.109 1’31.399
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.851 1’31.421
13 10 Nico H?â??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’32.144 1’31.635
14 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’31.435 1’31.699
15 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’32.226 1’31.708
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’31.638 1’31.796
17 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.901 1’32.012
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’32.430
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’34.405
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’34.775
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’34.864
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.212
23 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’36.576
24 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’36.968

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88 comments on Vettel on pole as Red Bull dominate at Silverstone (British GP qualifying)

  1. razer1076 said on 10th July 2010, 14:17

    Man, Button’s Quali performance was just pathetic, managing to get knocked out of Q2 and 10 spots behind your teammate. Can we expect any more crying on the radio just like last year’s British GP? Probably…

    • David BR said on 10th July 2010, 14:20

      Or alternatively Hamilton’s salvaging of 4th was mighty impressive.

      • David A said on 10th July 2010, 14:23

        Combination of both.

      • nelly said on 10th July 2010, 14:23

        the papers won’t be too nice about button tomorrow! :O

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th July 2010, 14:26

          Button can’t drive in poor cars. This could be where his season goes downhill with useless qualifying laps.

          This year he doesn’t have a ridiculous lead so it could be bye bye for his championship.

          Huge respect to Lewis. Amazing lap. Amazing driver.

          • David BR said on 10th July 2010, 14:35

            Button definitely needs more time to fine tune the car, like last year v. Barrichello. Maybe the more aggressive style of Button’s team mates allows them to explore the potential of the car more quickly and find a better set-up in a short time period? Particularly when the base car is off kilter as here. Even so Hamilton dug deep for Q3, great stuff.

          • Christian said on 10th July 2010, 15:21

            At least tomorrow we’ll get to see Button attempting to make his way through the field.

            It’s going to be hard though. I assume there is nothing they can do now to fix the issues with the car. It could be a long day for Jenson.

          • David BR said on 10th July 2010, 15:35

            Intriguing too that their comments suggest Hamilton wanted to persist with the blown diffuser while Button said even after qualifying that removing it was right. Prefer Hamilton’s attitude. Risking the British GP but collecting valuable data and driving experience with the new set up might have been better with a half season still ahead.

          • DaveW said on 10th July 2010, 16:55

            The ideal thing to do here would have been to leave the mods on one car. It would have saved a lot of time in the garage and allowed them to gather data for Hockenheim. They could have flipped a coin or whatever. Ferrari did this in Valencia and no one screamed team favoritism.

            Also, The modified car was by no means slow. My suspicion was that the car was just harder to drive. Lewis was going off, but he was faster than Button when he was on track. Lewis knows how to drive a diabolical car, we know from last year; Button, probably not.

          • MacademiaNut said on 10th July 2010, 17:08

            @DaveW: The reason they did not scream favoritism on Ferrari’s part was because both cars did badly.

        • Todfod said on 10th July 2010, 21:04

          Well.. I know this is a British site, and a lot of people will not take my criticism of Button too well.. but I’m going to have a go at it anyways.

          I have to agree with Hill’s comments about Button being a Tortoise. His lack of pace has been masked by his second position in the WDC. He has never looked like having the pace to win a race this year, and if it wasn’t for a couple of lucky strategic calls and others faltering around him, he wouldn’t have won a race or even gotten a podium finish.

          Over a season every driver has his share of bad luck and mechanical problems, but the consistently fast drivers make it to the last race with a fighting chance of wiining the WDC.

          I think Jenson’s luck has run out, and over the next 3-4 races he will not be in a championship contender anymore.

          • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 10th July 2010, 22:08

            people will not take my criticism of Button too well

            Criticism of any driver of any nationality is fine, as long as it’s fair.

      • miguelF1O (@) said on 10th July 2010, 19:20

        agreed if he wins this gp on normal conditions it would be epic

    • P. Rippon said on 10th July 2010, 16:48

      I read on line that the floors were warping with the heat after a few laps–if so there was no way they could race with them – so best to take them off when they still had time to revert to the original setup. Hamilton showed his class with the Q3 performance but Copse with Alonso will be interesting, especially if Weber in his fury has his usual start!

    • sato113 (@sato113) said on 10th July 2010, 17:24

      obviously button’s car has a problem. 10 places behind his team mate can’t be down to talent. surely?

  2. steph said on 10th July 2010, 14:22

    After Vet getting the new front wing before Webber after a failure on his car this morning there is jjust going to be more favouritism talks. I like to keep an open mind but RBR aren’t shrugging those suspicions off even from their own fans.

    Good job RBR, Alo and de la Rosa.

    • steph said on 10th July 2010, 14:23

      Oh Ham too. He was good, I just forgot about him!

    • Scribe (@scribe) said on 10th July 2010, 14:38

      Redbull are defintaley taking the mick, Vettle broke the wing, it was his fault that two wern’t available, him getting the upgrade is just plain unfair.

      Redbull have become my pantomime villans, looking foward to lightning strikes kama.

      OR RAIN, that’ll make tommorow interesting.

      • mateuss said on 10th July 2010, 14:42

        I seem to recall that the wing mounting failed, not that Vettel broke it.

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th July 2010, 14:44

        I’ve noticed Red Bull are now your villans lol.

        Karma for what? McLaren bragging about the new upgrade whilst Red Bull just played it cool and beat them both.

        In 2008 would Mclaren have given the new upgrade to Heikki when Lewis was in prime position to fight for the title? Nope.

        • zecks said on 10th July 2010, 14:55

          yeah but hamilton was miles faster than heikki anyway and the clear no.1 in the team.

          good performance rubens too

    • Keep it fair said on 10th July 2010, 14:58

      Really disappointed in Christian Horner.

      I could appreciate Vettel getting the new wing because his broke and they just decided to give him the new one as a replacement, but what on earth was Christian Horner talking about when he tried to justify it by going on about Vettel being P3 in the championship and so therefore getting the advantage of the new wing!!!!!!! That just smacks of team orders.

      When Vettel / Webber collided, Christian Horner was using the fact that Hamilton was closing on Vettel as justification for the attempted overtake, but now he’s turned the argument on its head to say the exact opposite.

      He’s saying that Vettel was given the new wing because he’s ahead in the championship, in other words he implies that Vettel is better than Webber. But if that was the case, shouldn’t Webber have been the one to get a helping hand to stay ahead of the rest of the pack? In order to keep both cars in front!

      That’s what was suggested in Turkey, Webber was managing to stay out on his own, so they wanted Vettel to pass Webber because Vettel was coming under pressure from Hamilton. In other words to keep both cars in front.

      Christian Horner’s logic, or lack of it, just doesn’t make sense.

      Good team bosses should get the best out of both drivers by encouraging them and giving both drivers a mental boost, IMHO therefore, Christian Horner is a bad team boss.

  3. Jose Arellano said on 10th July 2010, 14:25

    webber almost matching webber with the old wing…….

    the “total equal treatment” team

    • Jose Arellano said on 10th July 2010, 14:26

      almost matching vettel sorry

      • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th July 2010, 14:39

        Red Bull gives Sebastian Vettel wings… Mark Webber’s wings :P

        It’s obvious they want Vettel to win the championship. He is ahead in the championship so I guess they want to push him for the title. Other teams would do the same.

        Webber was faster too in the first 2 sessions so maybe it was just a case of Webber doing a poor lap, he clearly had the pace to get pole regardless of “the wing”

        • Keep it fair said on 10th July 2010, 15:01

          “It’s obvious they want Vettel to win the championship. He is ahead in the championship so I guess they want to push him for the title. Other teams would do the same.”

          So why don’t they do the same for Webber when Webber is leading the race and / or the championship?

          When Webber is leading, Horner seems to find excuses to get Vettel out in front.

          • MinusTwo said on 10th July 2010, 15:55

            Totally. I don’t know if it is his fault or the team’s, but the golden boy treatment for Vettel makes me like him way less. I feel like he is a spoiled brat or something, because he always comes out later and tries to justify it with that smug smile on…

            … Like, how could you possibly take your team mate’s front wing?? At least show that it occurred to you that it might be rude…

        • Steph90 (@steph90) said on 10th July 2010, 15:51

          “He is ahead in the championship so I guess they want to push him for the title. Other teams would do the same.”

          Mclaren didn’t do that with Ham in 07 when it was this close, Ferrari didn’t do it with Mas and Rai when they were in the hunt in 07 either.

          I’m not sure they’re favouring Vettel just that vettel needed a new front wing but that’s all they had. That said, if they are, the line that other teams do the same sounds at a poor attempt of a justification. Let them fight and the best wins.

  4. BasCB said on 10th July 2010, 14:25

    I think Hamilton was pretty impressive. He was battling the car, and we know he’s a lot better at that than Button, who needs more of a predictable car.

    The wind might have hurt them like it did for STR, FI and Renault here.

  5. Dan Thorn (@dan-thorn) said on 10th July 2010, 14:29

    Massa three quarters of a second behind Alonso…ouch.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th July 2010, 14:35

      And Alonso got blocked. Massa seems to be what Heikki was to Lewis in 2008. He won’t challenge him but he really needs to be quicker to take points off other drivers.

      Massa is very lucky he’s been signed next year already.

      • Scribe (@scribe) said on 10th July 2010, 14:37

        Your right, Massa has slipped of the other side of the scale of what makes a decent second driver, him an Petrov are costing there teams too much in lack of pace.

      • nik said on 10th July 2010, 14:43

        These contracts definitely have get out clauses, especially for the teams. It would be crazy for the Massa contract not to have an escape clause for either side. They tie the drivers up early just to settle speculation and have at least somebody locked in, but don’t expect that Ferrari aren’t out at the moment looking at other possibilities, especially if Massa’s second half of the year is as bad as the first..

        Ferrari highly value the constructors champs, and with the other top teams fielding two top drivers, they need to do something in order to have a shot at the WCC

        • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th July 2010, 14:46

          Agree Scribe. That’s why Jenson is good for Lewis. Even though he thinks he can win the title, realistic Lewis is going to and Jenson taking points off the Red Bull’s is what he needs.

          Alonso has no chance of the championship if Massa continues with this pace.

          • steph said on 10th July 2010, 15:06

            It’s more important for constrcutor’s than drivers and I think 08 showed that. Alonso’s probably happy Massa is out of his way.

            Apparently Massa’s contract is a a year-on-year basis that they will take up at the end of each year but announced it as a 2 year deal.

  6. Mhmhkel said on 10th July 2010, 14:35

    Really dissapointed about RBR behaviour. I’m not saying 100% that Webber would have been faster, but they just really turned the odds against him because of Vettel’s wing failure…

    • Keep it fair said on 10th July 2010, 15:08

      I agree. This favouritism actually makes Vettel look bad too, because it gives the impression that Vettel couldn’t do it on his own.

      IMO, respect for Mark Webber has shot up since Turkey.

  7. Scribe (@scribe) said on 10th July 2010, 14:35

    So what have we got here, first it’s going to take Redbull to beat Redbull tommorow. However we do know that their race pace isn’t the same as far out as the quali performance, Spain being the obvious example, either Alo or Hamilton might be able to nick a place off them tommorow, but it’s almost certainly a Redbull victory, an probably a 1-2 as well.

    Second, seems like the updates on the ferrari have really sorted it out on this sort of track, from were they were in Turkey especially, an Alonso must be so hungry now, we’ll be relying on him to spice things up tommorow. Him an Hamilton, expect them to be fighting for the last podium place tooth an nail, an hopefully they’ll be able to challenge the Redbulls as well.

    Looking ahead to the rest of the season, on the McLaren side if they want the championships there going to have to hit the nail on the head for Hockenheim, there is where I see the fight for the titles become a bit clearer.

    • TommyB (@tommyb89) said on 10th July 2010, 14:49

      Red Bull have been fastest all season yes. Pole in almost every race yes. But unlike Brawn they’ve haven’t been winning every race and often lose themselves the race. This makes the championship interesting still.

      McLaren are still favourites even with a worse car because look what happened in Montreal, Melbourne, Turkey, Bahrain, China. All should have been clear Red Bull victories and it didn’t happen.

      I wouldn’t bet on a 1-2 tomorrow, being a Red Bull fan you know nothing is for sure with that team lol.

      • Patrickl said on 10th July 2010, 15:11

        It’s more like “just as last year” where Red Bull had overall the fastest car. Even at the beginning of the season they were really close to Brawn or even faster at some races, yet they managed to throw it all away.

        Red Bull did make less mistakes in the second half of 2009 though. Maybe they can repeat that this season.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th July 2010, 15:12

        As a tribute to Vettel showing it works, here’s a nice analyses of what RBR do to be faster in Qualifying: http://scarbsf1.wordpress.com/2010/07/10/red-bull-map-q-the-secret-to-the-teams-q3-pace/

        I just hope Webber gets Lusious Liz to catch Vettel through during the first lap. Or Alonso to catch at least one of them after the start. Not much chance of either one so i am looking forward to having a nice battle for 3rd and maybe a good one for position 6-10.

    • nelly said on 10th July 2010, 14:51

      Is Alonso on the clean side of the grid? If so… I wonder if he can get a good pop at webber on the first corner.
      Saying that, Hamiltons going to race him for his life for as long as he’s behind him.

      • Calum said on 10th July 2010, 15:08

        I think that the pole side is the outside of the track, meaning if 2nd gets a good start, Pole would have to go round the outside at Copse Corner in order to hold first place.

      • hawkfist said on 10th July 2010, 16:14

        Given his usual behaviour Alonso will probably be just as, if not more, concerned with Hamilton overtaking it, can’t be suffering that loss of face.

  8. Lachie said on 10th July 2010, 14:47

    Well there we go,now only Webber getting by or an incident can make me watch past the first lap tomorrow.

    • nik said on 10th July 2010, 14:57

      I am usually skeptical about new corners being built up as an ‘overtaking opportunity’ (especially after all the hype about Abu Dhabi), but the new slow section at Silverstone does seem like it could provide for one of the better overtaking spots on the entire calendar. We should have a good idea oh how good it is (the slow left-right) within a few laps – so watch until at least lap 5.

  9. Luke said on 10th July 2010, 14:53

    Did anyone else notice webber’s body language towards vettel? I think its pretty clear webber is unhappy with his teammate.

    • mateuss said on 10th July 2010, 15:09

      Yeah, he seemed not pleased with second grid slot, and his body language as soon as he was out of the car straight away reminded me of his body language in Valencia where he had a disastrous start and wasn’t exactly brilliant with his judgment. It seems like he want’s to appear cool and relaxed, but in reality he seems a bit emotional and desperate.
      So look out for Webber dropping back in first laps and/or making desperate moves. Should be exciting. :p

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 10th July 2010, 15:14

        He wouldn’t be happy with his teammate getting Marks piece of the front wing after Vettels team did something wrong in putting it on in FP3, would he?

  10. CapeFear said on 10th July 2010, 14:54

    What the heck happened to Button? my gosh! beat by even Hulkenburg. You need to be an all round driver, it seems he is always lacking in qualifying unless his car has a massive advantage.

    • Patrickl said on 10th July 2010, 15:14

      McLaren made a hash of their upgrade, had to revert back to the old can and in the end they basically only had FP3 for car setup.

      Guess Button didn’t get his car sorted in such short time. Hamilton tends to get the most out of his car a lot faster. Just look how he’s often fastest on friday straight away.

  11. Fer no.65 said on 10th July 2010, 15:07

    hum…

    Vettel’s new upgraded wing fails… Vettel gets a new upgraded one… Mark keeps the old one..

    Equal treatment my ****…

  12. Martin said on 10th July 2010, 15:21

    I’ll be surprised if either Hamilton or Alonso allows the other through Copse without contact…

  13. Fer no.65 said on 10th July 2010, 15:28

    it’ll be the 14th consecutive race with a Red Bull car at the front row…

  14. mr. t said on 10th July 2010, 15:38

    hello all from silverstone! first up massively impressed how quick this article was posted-well done Keith! w was obvious the maccas weren’t going to do anything in quali or fp3. supporting WEB after that but Vettel went massively quick to claim pole. see you all in the pit straight stands tomorrow.

    • mr.t said on 10th July 2010, 19:49

      edit
      > w was obvious the maccas weren’t going to do anything in quali or fp3 after reverting to their old spec…

  15. silencer said on 10th July 2010, 15:39

    Red Bull slogan

    Gives you wings…

    but not to webber perhaps

    LOL

    :D

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