Webber on pole


Aussie on the horizon: After eight seasons and 132 races Australian Mark Webber takes his first pole position for Sunday’s German Grand Prix at Nurburgring. The Red Bull driver now looks forward to his first Grand Prix win after being in the shadows of his wunderkind teammate Sebastian Vettel, the two-time Grand Prix winner this season will start on the second row from fourth on the grid.

The boys of Brawn, Rubens Barrichello and championship leader Jenson Button, will start second and third respectively. Back in the fast lane is defending world champion Lewis Hamilton, he will start fifth in his McLaren ahead of teammate Heikki Kovalainen.

Force India made it to Q3 for the first time, thanks to the efforts of Adrian Sutil who qualified seventh, ahead of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen.

Surprise of the qualifying was Fernando Alonso, who was caught in changing weather conditions of Q2 and failed to make it to Q3, allowing teammate Nelsinho Piquet to start tenth. This is the first time the beleaguered Brazilian has outqualified his two-time world champion teammate since joining Renault F1 team last year.


Nose ahead: Nelson Piquet Jr. outqualifies Fernando Alonso for the first time. Rumors are ripe Nelsinho he will be shown the door before the season is over.

Rattling Romain: Following in the footsteps of Schumacher and Vettel, talented Nico Hulkenberg dominated Saturday’s GP2 feature race at Nurburgring. Romain Grosjean’s championship hopes and aspirations for a Formula 1 seat will be rocked if the German rookie beats him in GP2.

Marc Webber stops the cage rattling and takes pole position for the German GP.

Brawn GP will start second and third, with Barrichello ahead of Jenson Button.

Sebastien Loeb wants Sebastien Bourdais’ seat at Toro Rosso.

Race stewards’ penalize Glock for blocking Renault driver Fernando Alonso.

Nelson Piquet finally out qualifies Alonso when he needed it the most.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:31.257 1:38.038 1:32.230
2. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:31.482 1:34.455 1:32.357
3. Button Brawn-Mercedes (B) 1:31.568 1:39.032 1:32.473
4. Vettel Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:31.430 1:39.504 1:32.480
5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.473 1:39.149 1:32.616
6. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:31.881 1:40.826 1:33.859
7. Sutil Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.015 1:36.740 1:34.316
8. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:31.600 1:41.708 1:34.574
9. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:31.869 1:41.730 1:34.710
10. Piquet Renault (B) 1:32.128 1:35.737 1:34.803
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber (B) 1:31.771 1:42.310
12. Alonso Renault (B) 1:31.302 1:42.318
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:31.884 1:42.500
14. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:31.760 1:42.771
15. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:31.598 1:42.859
16. Kubica BMW-Sauber (B) 1:32.190
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:32.251
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes (B) 1:32.402
19. Glock Toyota (B) 1:32.423
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:33.559

01. Webber Red Bull-Renault 661.0
02. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 647.0
03. Button Brawn-Mercedes 644.0
04. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 661.0
05. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 654.5
06. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 664.0
07. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 678.5
08. Massa Ferrari 673.5
09. Raikkonen Ferrari 674.0
10. Piquet Renault 676.0
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 681.0*
12. Alonso Renault 668.2*
13. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 683.6*
14. Trulli Toyota 683.7*
15. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 689.6*
16. Kubica BMW-Sauber 673.5*
17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 674.5*
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 662.5*
19. Glock Toyota 662.3*
20. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 689.5*