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Monaco Grand Prix – Webber Grabs Pole From Kubica

by F1Fan on May 15, 2010

The Monaco Grand Prix qualifying session ended with Mark Webber claiming Pole position again. On pole at the last Grand Prix in Barcelona, todays performance marks the fourth pole of his carreer and his first back to back Pole position finish.

The big news even before qualifying started was Fernando Alonso’s heavy crash in the third free practice session earlier in the morning, his Ferrari suffering major damage preventing him taking part in qualifying. A major blow for Ferrari and Alonso who had been quickest during the Thursday practice session.

Qualifying itself saw Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Nico Rosberg and Webber continually setting and resetting fastest lap times.

In Q1 Massa set fastest lap in his Ferrari closely followed by Webber aanf Kubica. During Q2 the Mercedes GP of Nico Rosberg was the fastest car on track just beating Massa who was marginally ahead of Webber.

Q3 was a different story Kubica came out early setting fastest lap but then Webber just turned on the afterburners and was the only car to break the 1 min 14 second barrier setting a record time of 1:13.826. Afterwards Webber summed up his qualifying performance in his typical understated manner:

I don’t know if my previous lap was enough. I can’t really remember. It was a bit of a blur at to be honest. I remember it was pretty quick, but I told Ciaran Pilbeam (Webber’s race engineer) that lap three and four are the ones I am going to try and murder if I could. The first lap went okay. I brushed the armco pretty hard starting the second sector on that lap and then finished that lap and then went again for another one. If you could ever just say I want to tidy up the details from the previous lap it doesn’t often happen but today’s laps just all came together. Nice clean exits and I the car was again a pleasure.”

“It felt like I found another gear in terms of confidence in the car today, I knew how important it was to nail a good lap – the last thing I wanted was to be sitting on row three or four. I know every team works hard, but our guys were here at 5am this morning to work on some things, so this pole is a credit to them. I hope we can convert it to a good finish tomorrow.”

Amost at the end of Q3 it was looking like it would be a Red Bull, Renault, Ferrari top three when at the last minute Webber’s teammate Sebastian Vettel finally put together a good lap avoiding the traffic and pushing Felipe Massa down to fourth .

Monaco Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Webber/Red Bull Racing2Kubica/Renault F1
3Vettel/Red Bull Racing4Massa/Ferrari
5Hamilton/McLaren6Rosberg/Mercedes GP
7Schumacher/Mercedes GP8Button/McLaren
9Barrichello/Williams F110Liuzzi/Force India
11Hulkenberg/Williams F112Sutil/Force India
13Buemi/Toro Rosso14Petrov/Renault F1
15De La Rosa/BMW Sauber F116Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F1
17Alguersuari/Toro Rosso18Kovalainen/Lotus Racing
19Trulli/Lotus Racing20Glock/Virgin Racing
21Di Grassi/Virgin Racing22Senna/HRT F1 Team
23Chandhok/HRT F1 Team24Alonso/Ferrari
May 15th, 2010
2010 F1 Season, Round 6

Kubica was understandably disappointed:

“Second on the grid at Monaco is a great result for us. The car has been great all weekend and I think we got the most from it today. We took a different approach to the session and saved two sets of option tyres for Q3 so I could do two runs on new tyres. On the final lap of my second run I did a very quick first sector, but for the second half of the lap the tyres were already gone so I struggled for grip and could only match my earlier lap time. When you come so close to pole, you are always a bit disappointed to miss out, but I think we can be very happy with our performance because we are in a great position to have a strong race tomorrow.”

So the Monaco Grand Prix is looking like it could be a really close Race. I can’t help but wonder what headline I will be using tomorrow. Maybe “Webber takes third win” or possibly “Kubica takes first win For Renault” or “Vettel wins from second row on the Grid”.

Guess I just have to wait and see.

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