German Grand Prix Qualify - Mark Webber on Pole

German Grand Prix Qualifying – Many Firsts!!

by F1Fan on July 11, 2009

The changeable weather at the Nürburgring lived up to its reputation during qualifying today creating challenging driving conditions and resulting in an unexpected grid with several new names making it through to the final 10.

Mark WebberMark Webber drove an outstanding qualifying lap in challenging conditions to claim his fist ever Pole position for Red Bull Racing.

Lewis hamilton made it out of the first qualifying session for the first time in three  races placing 5th on the grid and his team mate Heikki Kovalainen placed right alongside in 6th. The new front wing and aero modifications introduced by Mclaren this weekend have really improved the pace of the MP4-24.

Adrian Sutil broke into the third qualifying session for the first time in Force India’s history placing 7th on the grid in front of the two Ferrari’s of Masa (8th) and Raikkonen (9th) and Nelson Piquet must have been pleased with his performance qualifying in 10th ahead of his team mate Fernando Alonso (12th) who was caught out by the rain in Q2.

Apart from Adrian Sutil, qualifying must have been disappointing for the German Drivers. Timo Glock in his Toyota didn’t even make it out of Q1, Nick Heidfield (BMW Sauber) and Nico Rossberg (Williams) were eliminated in Q2 and Sebastian Vettel the home town favorite ended up 4th. Especially since  at one point during Q3 Vettel looked as though he was fast enough to claim pole position, but it wasn’t to be, he couldn’t beat Webbers time and them was knocked further down the grid, first by Button and then by Rubens Barrichello.

Brawn GP should be happy with their qualifying performance with Ruben’s in 2nd and Button in 3rd. Ruben’s Q2 drive was especially impressive, choosing the correct tire for the conditions and finding a small gap in the weather he set a blisteringly lap, over 3.5 seconds faster than his closest competitor.

BMW and Toyota on the other hand must be wondering what is going on with their cars, especially BMW who had introduced a lot of modifications this weekend and were looking for major improvement.

Tomorrows race should be really interesting, Red Bull and Brawn GP seem close together in pace and with McClaren making major strides it could be anyones race especially when you factor in the unpredictable weather forecasted for the race.

Can’t wait.

German Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Webber/Red Bull Racing2Barrichello/Brawn GP
3Button/Brawn GP4Vettel/Red Bull Racing
5Hamilton/McLaren6Kovalainen/McLaren
7Sutil/Force India8Massa/Ferrari
9Raikkonen/Ferrari10Piquet/Renault
11Hiedfeld/BMW Sauber12Alonso/Renault
13Nakajima/Williams14Trulli/Toyota
15Rossberg/Williams16kubica/BMW Sauber
17Buemi/Torro Rosso18Fisichella/Force India
19Glock/Toyota20Bourdais/Torro Rosso
July 11th, 2009

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