Webber Charges to Pole in Germany

July 11, 2009

Mark Webber on pole, Lewis Hamilton back in the top ten, and Adrian Sutil at one point third fastest: those were the results of a wet and dry qualifying session in Germany this afternoon.

Quali one remained fairly dry until the end, quali two remained fairly wet until the end, and quali three remained fairly quiet until the end, when Webber stormed to his first ever pole position, seconds after Hamilton put his upgraded McLaren on provisional pole. Webber was followed through by Rubens Barrichello, Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel, knocking Hamilton back down to fifth.

Heikki Kovalainen will start tomorrow’s race alongside Hamilton in sixth. Adrian Sutil, having achieved third fastest in quali two, will start from seventh, with Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen eighth and ninth. Nelson Piquet will start in tenth, having out-qualified teammate Fernando Alonso.

McLaren have come to Germany with upgrades for their MP4-24. Lewis Hamilton has been running a new double diffuser, and top bodywork, and both Lewis and Heikki have new front wings.

The new parts are an improvement for the team who have been struggling with qualifying in the last few races, failing to make quali three. Hamilton topped the timesheets in both practice two and three this weekend, and was fastest at several points throughout qualifying this afternoon.

Jenson Button nearly failed to make quali three for the first time this season, but managed to put in the perfect lap when it counted on his last flying lap in quali two to get him into the top ten shoot-out. He starts behind teammate Barrichello in third.

Webber will be hoping for a quick getaway tomorrow, and Jenson Button will be hoping to keep Vettel tucked behind him, to maintain his lead in the drivers’ championship. Hamilton is the first car on the grid equipped with KERS, and he’ll be hoping to gain a few places when the race gets underway.



  1. It was a really exciting session where I felt that I had even less of a clue than usual about what was going on. I am so thrilled for Barrichello and Webber. Good to see their team-mates behind them for a change.

    I wouldn’t weep if Webber won, but my choice would be Rubens with Jenson second. I think Rubens needs to win some races in this part of the season rather than be thrown a few scraps at the end if Jenson wins in time.

    Brawns are light compared to everyone else but I guess Ross took a calculated risk on the weather. If it’s raining as predicted they’ll all be in and out of the pits like yo-yos anyway.

    Should be a good race!

    • Should be a very good race, I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t rain. Be interesting to see what happens, wonder if it’ll be like the last race at the Nurburgring 2 years ago!

      I don’t think it’s going to matter about weights, if qualifying is anything to go by, there will be rain tomorrow! Always shakes things up a bit! Sutil may be one to watch out for in that case!

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