Mark webber grabs pole from Vettel for the British GP.
Off throttle gate doesn’t stop Red Bull from locking out front row.
Ferrari extremely happy with third and fourth.
Sebastian Vettel: “I am happy with the result, as I think it is important to qualify in the front.
It was not an easy session with the conditions changing. It was easy to go wide and go into travel like Fernando, so all in all it was very tight.
There’s not much between the cars and if you get a chance to try again you could find a sniff here or there. It was a good step today.”
We kept our heads cool, We thought there might be a lot of talk, so we are happy when we jump into car, because we are allowed to focus on what is important. Tomorrow a is long race, the tyres will be very important. It is a bit of driving into unknown tomorrow from the start, but we will see.
I think it was a difficult session with the conditions changing. When it starts to rain on different parts of the circuit, it is quite difficult to see where it is wet or where it is fine.
It’s a shame we could not get the second run, but it was a very good result for us today, especially wit the amount of talk going into qualifying and race here.
It’s good to see that we are still on top of our game and still can produce reasonable quick laptimes. I am quite happy, this circuit is quite tough on tyres so we’ll see what we get tomorrow.”
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m30.399s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m30.431s + 0.032 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m30.516s + 0.117 4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m31.124s + 0.725 5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m31.989s + 1.590 6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m31.929s + 1.530 7. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m31.933s + 1.534 8. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.128s + 1.729 9. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m32.209s + 1.810 10. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m32.376s + 1.977 Q2 cut-off time: 1m32.588s Gap ** 11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m32.617s + 0.977 12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m32.624s + 0.984 13. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m32.656s + 1.016 14. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m32.734s + 1.094 15. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m33.119s + 1.479 16. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m33.805s + 2.165 17. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m34.821s + 3.181 Q1 cut-off time: 1m35.132s Gap * 18. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m35.245s + 2.575 19. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m35.749s + 3.079 20. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m36.203s + 3.533 21. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m36.456s + 3.786 22. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m37.154s + 4.484 23. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m37.484s + 4.814 24. Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1m38.059s + 5.389
Quaife-Hobbs clinches maiden pole
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs has claimed his first GP3 pole position in Silverstone today after setting the fastest lap in today’s qualifying session.
The Marussia Manor Racing driver’s best lap of 1:51.190 was nearly fourth tenths clear of second place man Lotus ART’s James Calado ensuring an all British front row for Race 1 at Silverstone Circuit this afternoon.
In stark contrast to yesterday’s torrential conditions, this morning the teams were greeted with dry and bright conditions, albeit with a slightly damp track, and all thirty drivers headed out on track with Pirelli P Zero slick tyres. Carlin’s Tom Dillmann was the first car to complete a flying lap and go top until the rest of the field got up to speed.
Mid-session was dominated by the MW Arden duo of Lewis Williamson and Series leader Mitch Evans, along with eventual poleman Quaife-Hobbs. The trio constantly swapped fastest laptimes, until Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller found some extra time around the 5.891 km track to go top of the timesheet with a 1:52.285 lap.
But with five minutes left on the clock Williamson was back on top and looked string for his second pole of the season. It was then a frantic final minute which saw Williamson, Calado and finally Quaife-Hobbs heading the grid and taking his, and Marussia Manor Racing’s first ever GP3 pole. Valencia race 2 winner Calado sealed a British 1-2, with Evans taking third ahead of Alexander Sims in fourth for Status Grand Prix.
Next up for GP3 Series is Race 1 this afternoon at 16:20 local time.