Qualifying - Red Bull sweep to British pole 10 Jul 2010
Sebastian Vettel will start the British Grand Prix from pole position for Red Bull after narrowly beating team mate Mark Webber. The two of them were inseparable in all three sessions, but Vettel just edged out the Australian with a lap of 1m 29.615s compared to 1m 29.758s.
It then transpired that there were only two of the latest RB6 front wings available and that Vettel got the second as a replacement after his original broke in final practice this morning. A tight-lipped Webber simply said: The team is happy with the result today.
Behind them, only Fernando Alonso really got anywhere close, and he was seventh-tenths off pole for Ferrari with his lap of 1m 30.426s. Lewis Hamilton drove heroically in a difficult McLaren to take fourth place with 1m 30.556s, and Nico Rosberg was close to him in the Mercedes with 1m 30.625s.
Robert Kubica was his usual determined yet unobtrusive self as he put the lead Renault into sixth spot with 1m 31.040s ahead of Ferraris Felipe Massa, who could not get sufficient temperature into his Bridgestone tyres as he lapped in 1m 31.172s. Rubens Barrichello will start eighth for Williams on 1m 31.175s, with Pedro de la Rosa (1m 31.274s) and Michael Schumacher (1m 31.430s) sharing row five for BMW Sauber and Mercedes respectively.
Webber set the Q2 pace with 1m 30.114s and Vettel ran second on 1m 30.480s after feeling that he just pushed too hard.
Neither of the Force Indias made it through, despite Adrian Sutil pushing really hard to record 1m 31.399s and Vitantonio Liuzzis straight-line speed deficit (4 km/h) kept him to 1m 31.708s. That left them 11th and 15th, with Kamui Kobayashi 12th for BMW Sauber on 1m 31.421s, Nico Hulkenberg 13th for Williams on 1m 31.635s and a very disappointed Jenson Button only 14th on 1m 31.699s in the second McLaren. That is assuredly not where the reigning champion had envisaged starting. He just didnt get the car sorted.
Renaults Vitaly Petrov had looked very strong in Q1, but had an electronic problem at the start of Q2 and played no real part in it. He lines up 16th on 1m 31.796s, ahead of Sebastien Buemi, who took his Toro Rosso round in 1m 32.012s.
Q1 made it clear what sort of pace would be needed for Q3 as Vettel set the pace with 1m 30.841s from Webber on 1m 30.858s.
Further back, Toro Rossos Jaime Alguersuari had 17th place until a late improvement put Liuzzi in Q2, so the Spaniard was the first faller with 1m 32.430s. Behind him Heikki Kovalainen jumped ahead of Timo Glocks improved Virgin as he popped in a 1m 34.405 for Lotus. Glock lapped in a challenging 1m 34.775s, with Jarno Trulli next in the second Lotus on 1m 34.864s and Virgins Lucas di Grassi on 1m 35.212s. At the back, Karun Chandhok lapped his HRT in 1m 36.576s, with team mate Sakon Yamamoto last on 1m 36.968s.
Liuzzi was subsequently dropped five places on the grid by the race stewards as a penalty for impeding Hulkenberg during Q2 and will start Sunday's race from 20th. As a result, Petrov, Buemi, Alguersuari, Kovalainen and Glock will all move up a place on the grid.