Vettel takes pole for British Grand Prix at Silverstone
Sebastian Vettel led Mark Webber to another front row lock-out as Red Bull dominated qualifying for the British Grand Prix.
Their closest rival, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, was eight tenths back in third place, while Lewis Hamilton overcame balance issues with his car to do ‘the best lap he’s ever done’ to take fourth place ahead of Williams’ Nico Rosberg.
The qualifying result is the same as last year, despite Silverstone’s new ‘Arena’ circuit being used for the first time.
Michael Schumacher made it into the final session but after using several sets of option tyres to get there, the seven-time world champion was able to do one late run. After pushing too hard, however, he was unable to make any impact.
Renault’s Robert Kubica and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa were sixth and seventh, while Williams’ Rubens Barrichello and Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa both went well to secure eighth and ninth respectively.
Force India’s Adrian Sutil missed out on Q3, and will start eleventh, a mere 0.055 seconds off making the cut.
Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi and Nico HÃƒÂ¼lkenberg took twelfth and thirteenth, with the German blocked near the end of the second session by Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi, who received a five-place grid penalty, and will now start twentieth.
McLaren’s Jenson Button had an awful qualifying session as his miserable weekend continued. The world champion was heard to complain about a lack of rear grip during final practice, and described his car as ‘undriveable’.
Button has consistently been around half-a-second slower than team-mate Hamilton and will start Sunday’s race in fourteenth place -his worst grid slot of the season.
Despite locking out the front row, all is not well in the Red Bull camp as Webber expressed anger at losing his new front wing to his team-mate after the German’s drama at the end of final practice.
Red Bull had only brought two of their new front wing, meaning the Australian had to run the older specification.
Heikki Kovalainen was again the fastest of the back runners for Lotus, moving ahead of Timo Glock late on. Jarno Trulli and Lucas di Grassi came in next with the Hispania’s of Karun Chandhok and Sakon Yamamoto bringing up the rear, and more than a second slower than his team-mate.
The race begins at 13:00BST on Sunday.