Today in Germany, Mark Webber upstaged his Red Bull teammate at the Nurburgring to take pole position for the German Grand Prix.
This was comfortably faster than his pole time of 1m32.230s in 2009 (the last time that the German Grand Prix was held at the Nurburgring) although on that occasion qualifying was held in damp conditions.
A surprising Lewis Hamilton took second place in the McLaren, followed by German Sebastian Vettel, who led Saturday’s final practice at the Nurburgring.
Remarkably for Vettel, it is the first time in 15 races – since last year’s Italian Grand Prix in September – that the reigning world champion is not on the front row.
Mark Webber said: “The session went pretty well, with the exception of my run in Q2, which wasn’t very smooth. The other sessions were good and the boys did a great job on the car; they’ve had some late nights in the lead up to the event, so they’ve recovered very well. I thought on my in-lap, ‘if someone gets me, they deserve it’, as I don’t think I could have got much more out of it – it was my limit and a pretty good lap. It was very satisfying to see no one got me there at the end, it’s quite an anxious wait for those thirty seconds. I will be in there pushing very hard tomorrow.”