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Turkish Grand Prix Qualifying – Webber Takes Third Pole in a Row

by F1Fan on May 29, 2010

Webber turns up the heat in the third session of Qualifying at the Turkish Grand Prix today setting fastest lap of the weekend.

On his last and only flying lap of Q3 webber nailed each sector, setting a blistering time of 1:26.295 securing his third Pole Position in a row and extending Red Bull’s dominant qualifying performance making it seven out of seven for the team.

For a time it looked as though Lewis Hamilton was going to take Pole away from Webber setting a faster fist sector time by 0.252 seconds but he lost the advantage in the second sector and ended up with a time of 1:26.433 good enough to put him in front of Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel who had been fastest in Q1 and Q2 complained of Brake problems with his car after the end of qualifying which definitely in his mind cost him the Pole, but as he said in the post qualifying press conference third Position in Turkey isn’t bad as he is on the clean side of the track.

Jenson button and many of the drivers final flying laps were ruined when Michael Schumacher went off in Turn 8 on his final lap, bringing out the Yellow flag causing the drivers behind him to back off and abort their lap.

What must be worrying McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes is that Red Bull managed Pole again even after they decided not to use their new “F-Duct” system that was tested on thursday. Especially considering that the Istanbul Park circuit is a track where a high top speed is definitely is an advantage, even so Red Bulls cars were still fast enough to be on the top two rows of the grid, and without Vettels brake issues most likely would have locked up the front row again.

Turkish Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Webber/Red Bull Racing2Hamilton/McLaren
3Vettel/Red Bull Racing4Button/McLaren
5Schumacher/Mecedes GP6Rosberg/Mercedes GP
7Kubica/Renault F18Massa/Ferrari
9Petrov/Renault F110Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F1
11Sutil/Force India12Alonso/Ferrari
13De La Rosa/BMW Sauber F114Buemi/Toro Rosso
15Barrichello/Williams F116Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
17Hulkenberg/Williams F118Liuzzi/Force India
19Trulli/Lotus Racing20Kovalainen/Lotus Racing
21Glock/Virgin Racing22Senna/HRT F1 Team
23Di Grassi/Virgin Racing24Chandhok/HRT F1 Team
May 29th, 2010
2010 F1 Season, Round 7, Istanbul Park Circuit

Further Down the field even though Michael Schumacher spun off his prior lap time was fast enough to out qualify his teammate for only the second time this season and on the weekend where Ferrari are celebrating their 800th Grand Prix Fernando Alonso didn’t get out of Q2 ending up 12th on the grid. Fernando has had a few good races this year coming from way back on the grid to finish in the points, but it is going to be a lot harder to make progress in Turkey, as the Circuit historically does not have a history of many safety car periods, and the times between the top teams are remarkably close.

In any event tomorrows race is shaping up to be a thrilling event. Can Webber make Turkey his third win of the season? Will Vettels car problems finally end/ Is the race pace of the Mclarens fast enough to catch and overtake the Red Bulls/ Can Ferrari finish with both cars in the points? Can Schumacher beat his teammate again? Tomorrows Turkish Grand Prix should answer many of these questions.

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Andrew A. Sailer May 30, 2010 at 12:33 am

Red bull must have some major secrets going on with their car to be this good.

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