Qualifying - Webber scores maiden F1 pole in Germany 11 Jul 2009
Mark Webber took his first pole position after changeable weather contributed to a gripping Q3 shootout at the Nurburgring on Saturday, which saw the Australian, Red Bull team mate Sebastian Vettel, the Brawns of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button and Lewis Hamiltons McLaren all in contention for the top slot.
First it was Hamiltons. Then Buttons, before Webbers 1m 32.230s put him ahead. Vettels 1m 32.480s momentarily placed him second before Buttons 1m 32.473s earned him P2, but immediately Barrichellos 1m 32.357s lap finally gave the Brazilian second place.
With Button third and Vettel fourth, Hamiltons 1m 32.616s stood up for fifth, with team mate Heikki Kovalainen enjoying McLarens renaissance with sixth on 1m 33.859s.
Adrian Sutil staged a major surprise for Force ndia on his home ground with 1m 34.316s for seventh, ahead of the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen on 1m 34.574s and 1m 34.710s respectively. Nelson Piquet was Renaults faster runner in 10th on 1m 34.803s.
Rain at the start of Q2 had thrown things into huge confusion as Williams Kazuki Nakajima and Massa went off the road on their slicks and everyone else came haring back in for Bridgestones intermediates. Kovalainen spun and clattered the wall in Turn Four, but was able to continue.
As the track dried out in places, Barrichello switched to slicks to set the pace with 1m 34.455s, while Button only jumped from 15th to fifth in the last seconds. Those who didnt make it were BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld on 1m 42.310s, Renaults Fernando Alonso on 1m 42.318s after an earlier spin had hurt his chances, Nakajima on 1m 42.500s, Toyotas Jarno Trulli on 1m 42.771s, and Williams Nico Rosberg on 1m 42.859s.
Q1 had already weeded out BMW Saubers Robert Kubica (1m 32.190s), Toro Rossos Sebsatien Buemi (1m 32.251s), Force ndias Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 32.402s), Toyotas Timo Glock (1m 32.423s) and Sebastien Bourdais in the second Toro Rosso (1m 33.559s).