Turkish delight for Webber with pole in Istanbul


Mark Webber continued Red Bull's 100% pole position record in Turkey today, but is joined on the front row by the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton, and not teammate Sebastian Vettel, who will start tomorrow's race third.

Jenson Button will start from fourth, with the Mercedes duo locking out row three – Michael Schumacher out-qualifying Nico Rosberg despite flying of the track at the end of Q3.

Fernando Alonso was had a sloppy lap in Q2, and failed to make it through to the pole position shoot-out. His teammate Felipe Massa fared slightly better, qualifying eighth.

Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov qualified well for Renault in seventh and ninth, while Kamui Kobayashi rounds off the top ten runners.

It was thought that qualifying would be close today, with Red Bull far from guaranteed a seventh pole position of the season. However, Vettel and Webber signalled their intentions early on, coming top of the timesheets in Q1.

Tonio Liuzzi had a disappointing qualifying, falling at the first hurdle along with the drivers from the six new teams. The Italian chose to run Force India's F-duct system for qualifying, while his teammate Adrian Sutil decided he wasn't comfortable using it for the remainder of the weekend.

Lotus won the battle of the new teams again, Jarno Trulli out-qualifying teammate Heikki Kovalainen. Timo Glock and Bruno Senna will start one the row behind them, while Lucas di Grassi and Karun Chandhok will tomorrow's race from the back row.

Vettel was again fastest in Q2, and Webber continued to state the Red Bull's intentions by setting the second fastest time.

Michael Schumacher finished Q2 tenth tenth, narrowly making it through to the pole position shoot-out. Fernando Alonso, however, wasn't so lucky. A mistake on his final scheduled flying lap meant that the Spaniard could only qualify twelfth on Ferrari's 800th race weekend.

Adrian Sutil was less than a tenth off Schumacher's qualifying time as he claimed the eleventh spot on the Turkish Grand Prix grid. Pedro de la Rosa and Sebastien Buemi start on the seventh row tomorrow, with Rubens Barrichello, Jaime Alguersuari and Nico Hulkenberg starting behind them in P15, 16 and 17 respectively.

Vitaly Petrov and Kamui Kobayashi put in good Q2 laps to finish the session seventh and ninth, making them somewhat surprising participants in Q3.

After the initial runs in the top-ten shoot-out, Mark Webber was top of the timesheets, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton, while Sebastian Vettel was third. All the runners then dived into the pits for a fresh set of tyres, ready for their final attempt at grabbing pole position.

Webber was first out of the pits in the dying minutes of qualifying, and improved on his fastest time by two tenths of a second. Hamilton tried valiantly to beat it, but a poor second sector meant that he was over a tenth off the pole-sitters pace. Vettel also had a poor lap, and remained third.

Michael Schumacher went off at Turn 8 on his lap, and ended up beached in the gravel. He was still ahead of his teammate though, who could not improve on sixth place.

Webber will look to make the most of his pole position tomorrow as he attempts to claim his third consecutive pole and victory combination tomorrow.