Fernando Alonso ended a 31-race pole drought to claim the top spot for Ferrari at Silverstone.
The pole was Ferrari’s first since Alonso started the Singapore Grand Prix from the top slot on the grid in September 2010, 31 races ago.
“It was tricky conditions for everyone. You have to be calm in some difficult moments,” said the Spaniard, who leads Webber by 20 points overall, of his 21st career pole.
Alonso also dedicated his F1 2012 British Grand Prix pole position to Maria de Villota.
de Villota was seriously injured this week following her accident while conducting a straight-line aero test with the Marussia F1 team at Duxford. Her condition is currently described as ‘serious but stable’. de Villota lost her right eye.
Alonso’s team is hoping the central England circuit will be spared a third day of rain storms for Sunday’s race as he chases his third victory this season. At the European Grand Prix two weeks ago, the two-time world champion became the first driver to take the checkered flag for a second time in this unpredictable season.
1. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:51.746
2. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:51.793
3. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:52.020
4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:52.199
5. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:53.065
6. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:53.290
7. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:53.539
8. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:53.543
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:54.382
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault
11. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:57.009
12. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari 1:57.071
13. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:57.108
14. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:57.132
15. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 1:57.426
16. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:57.719
17. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:57.895
18. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:48.044
19. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault 1:49.027
20. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault 1:49.477
21. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth 1:51.618
22. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth 1:52.742
23. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth 1:53.040
nq. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:54.143