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Webber Makes It Six Out Of Six For Red Bull

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Red Bull boss Christian Horner said it was ‘quite an achievement’ for the team to have taken pole position in every race this season after Mark Webber secured number six in Monaco earlier today.

Webber, who also secured pole in last weekend’s race at Barcelona, was understandably happy with his performance in qualifying. “It's a sensational feeling to be on pole in Monaco,” said the Aussie. “It's a vicious venue in terms of punishment for mistakes.”

“It felt like I found another gear in terms of confidence in the car today, I knew how important it was to nail a good lap because of the competition. The last thing I wanted was to be sitting on row three or four of the grid.

“When you're concentrating that hard and you're putting everything on the edge like that your heart rate goes so high! Then you have that horrible wait when everyone else is finishing their laps and you can't do any more.

“It's a special day. I know every team works hard, but our guys were here at 5am this morning to work on some things, so this pole is a credit to them. I hope we can convert it to a good finish tomorrow.”

Sebastian Vettel qualified third after caught out by traffic in Q3. The German explained the problems he faced today but also congratulated Red Bull’s engine supplier, whose works team were celebrating a front row grid slot for Robert Kubica: “Even though there were only ten cars on track I got a little bit of traffic, which was quite a surprise. It wasn't ideal to use the tyres properly, they came in nicely but when there was the peak I couldn't use it.

“I got space in the end, but obviously the lap time wasn't enough. All in all, it's a good result for the team, congratulations to them and also to Renault; it's great for them to have the top three cars on the grid. I'm looking forward to tomorrow, it's a long race and a lot of things can happen.”

Team principal Christian Horner noted how it was three poles each for his drivers now, and is keen that they convert their grid positions into good finishes in tomorrow’s race: “A great team result. Six out of six poles is quite an achievement and they're evenly distributed between the drivers.

“Mark found a good rhythm and a good gap on track to set a time that was remarkably quick. Sebastian was only a tenth off a front row lock out, but third on the grid is a good place to be starting here.

“It's important that we convert today's result into a good points haul tomorrow. It's testimony to the hard work that's going on from the whole team to achieve this performance and I'd also like to congratulate Renault on a one-two-three.”

Renault’s Fabrice Lom was also a very happy man after the day’s events in Monaco. “[It was] a superb result,” said Lom. “A sixth pole position is very good, especially at Monaco, which is a special venue. We know that here power is nothing but that drivability and all the other engine qualities are important.

“We have three Renaults in the top three starting places and are very proud of all the work that's been done at the factory and the track to improve the drivability and the efficiency of our engine. We can see it works for both teams, Red Bull and Renault. Congratulations to Kubica for his good lap and let's hope we get a perfect result tomorrow.”

Photo Credit: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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