• Bahrain Grand Prix - Qualifying

Webber 'pretty surprised' with Red Bull pace

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber's third place is his best qualifying result of the season so far © Getty Images

Mark Webber admitted that Red Bull was "pretty surprised" to be able to take pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel took Red Bull's first pole of the season ahead of Lewis Hamilton at Sakhir, with Mark Webber third just 0.215s behind his team-mate. With the team having been unable to challenge for pole previously this season its improvement in Bahrain was slightly unexpected, and Webber confirmed that even the team had not predicted it would be so quick.

"There's been some big gaps to the opposition on a Saturday in particular so I think we're pretty surprised to be as competitive as we are on a track which is demanding probably not some of our strengths," Webber said. "All in all it's for the guys. We're at the front and we can definitely race from there extremely well."

Webber added that his own lap could have been a bit quicker if he'd been running second on track and said he had been slightly hampered by catching Paul di Resta on his final run.

"I think it's always beneficial if you can go a bit later, especially today, but we take it in turns at each race and this track looked pretty sensitive to that all weekend. So in the end Seb did a good lap for pole, and in the end we're satisfied to be towards the front.

"I didn't leave enough of a gap to Paul [di Resta] actually. I was surprised how much I closed on him and I got him a little bit in 13 so lost a little bit there, but that was the only thing I would have liked to have done better; to have given him a better gap. But in the end, we are here (in the top three)."