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Webber Happy to Overcome Tricky Conditions to Secure Pole at Silverstone

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Mark Webber said that securing pole position for the British Grand Prix today was a tricky affair given the ever-changing weather and track conditions, and congratulated his Red Bull team on a good job.

“I've always enjoyed driving here, but you still have to put it all together,” he said. “You don't get these results without applying yourself. It was a very mixed session for all of us, even in the build up with yesterday's rain.

“It was important to make sure every lap counted, as you never knew if it was going to be the one that counted for your main grid position, so even in Q2 you had to make sure you weren't caught out.

“In the end I'm happy with the job we did; it's easy to slip up in conditions like that from a logistical point of view and also from the driver's perspective, so it was a good job by the team and we're in a good position for tomorrow's race.”

Sebastian Vettel, who is not used to starting a race anywhere other than from pole position this season, explained how difficult conditions were today, and bemoaned the fact that he did not get a second lap to challenge his team-mate for the top position.

“I think it was a difficult session with the changing conditions,” said the reigning world champion. “I think when it starts to rain here it can be on different parts of the circuit, so it's quite difficult to see where it's wet and where it's fine, so you rely on the out lap or the previous lap. If you go flat out and hit a damp area, it's very easy to go off track.

“It's a shame we couldn't get the second run in Q3, I would have loved to have challenged Mark again, but he got a good lap. It was a very good result for us, especially with all the talk that was going on into this race, so it's good to see that we're still on top of our game and can produce quick lap times.

“Anything can happen tomorrow, I think this circuit is tough on tyres, so we will see what we get tomorrow.”

Team principal Christian Horner, who seems to have spent most of the weekend speaking to Charlie Whiting about off-throttle blown diffusers, was pleased to talk about action on the track, and was particularly pleased with yet another all-Red Bull front row.

“After so much off circuit focus, it was a relief to finally get into the grand prix weekend in very difficult conditions,” said Horner. “Both drivers did a great job to navigate though Q1 and Q2 and the first run proved to be the crucial in Q3; it was nip and tuck between the drivers and Mark produced an excellent lap to claim his second pole and the team's ninth of the season. We can see that Ferrari is pretty close, but today was a huge performance for the team.”

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