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Webber 'in great shape' after Silverstone pole

ESPNF1 Staff
July 9, 2011 « Vettel pleased to avoid controversy | »
Mark Webber is 'in great shape' for tomorrow's British Grand Prix © Sutton Images

Mark Webber was confident of success in Sunday's British Grand Prix after taking pole position ahead of Red Bull team-mate and world champion Sebastian Vettel in a rain-affected qualifying session.

Webber took only his second pole position of the season at Silverstone, beating Vettel by just 0.032s on his first run in Q3 as rain prevented anyone from improving on their times. Webber said it was difficult to judge the ever-changing conditions, and that as a result he just had to attack on every lap.

"It was a very mixed session for all of us," Webber said. "It was important to make sure that every lap counted, because you never knew if it was going to be the one that did count for your main grid position, so even in Q2 you wanted to make sure you weren't caught out, and having to scramble out just to get a time.

"In the end, I was very happy with the job we did. It's easy to slip up in those conditions, not just from an organisational and logistic point of view, but also from a driver's perspective - so a very good job done by the team, and we're in a good position for tomorrow's race."

The man who won last year at Silverstone had some tough words for those in charge of the sport on the subject of F1's latest topic of argument - the banning of off-throttle blowing of the diffuser, which would affect Webber's Red Bull team.

"I think the team's handled it pretty well. I just concentrate on the driving, it obviously can get very boring. Every year we have a new thing to talk about, and this last few weeks it's been about this, so let's hope everyone can find some common ground. It's obviously boring for the fans, they can not understand what's going on, and even for us it's sometimes difficult. So, let's get on with the racing, keep the rules as simple as possible and go from there."

Webber looked ahead to a second consecutive victory in Sunday's race, having qualified ahead of team-mate Vettel for just the second time in 2011.

"I've always enjoyed driving here. From my perspective for tomorrow, I'm in great shape,and ready to challenge for the win."