• Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Webber relieved with clean run

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber enjoyed a clear run on his first Q3 lap © Getty Images

Mark Webber said that having a clear run in his first flying lap in Q3 was the key to grabbing pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix.

Webber set his best lap time of 1:45.778 with his opening effort of the session and his time remained unbeaten despite Lewis Hamilton coming close with his final lap. And with light rain returning shortly afterwards, Webber could not better his time.

"We knew the first lap was going to be pretty important because round here it is so unpredictable," said Webber. "The weather has been unique, even for Spa. It has been so on and off. So to have a pretty clean qualifying was very important.

"I was very happy with my first lap in Q3, but you never know in the current company if it's enough. You get to the finish and wait for [engineer] Ciaron to come on the radio and say 'P...?' and you're thinking 'what is it?'."

Webber has already won two of Formula One's 'blue riband' events in 2010 including Monaco and Silverstone. And the Australian knows he will have to fight off strong competition if he is to win at another 'special venue'.

"Lewis did a good lap on second lap, but I think we would still have been quick enough to have a crack here. This is a special venue, as we all know, tucked in the forests. Having said that, it wasn't that difficult today in terms of picking the weather, it was more of the times everyone knew they needed to do."