Australian Mark Webber has done it again with his third consecutive pole position this time for the Turkish Grand Prix. Through out the session it was pretty much a battle between both the McLaren and both the Red Bull drivers for pole. Webber will start tomorrow’s race ahead of 2008 Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton in this Mercedes powered McLaren. Third place went to Sebastian Vettel in the other Red Bull.
Reigning World Champion Jenson Button settled for fourth place for McLaren ahead of Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher who out qualified his team mate. He still maintained his fifth place after putting his car on the gravel trap during his final stint. His team mate Nico Rosberg will start behind him in sixth place. Renault’s Robert Kubica managed seventh place in front of Felipe Massa in his scarlet Ferrari.
Both the Renaults made it into the top ten as Vitaly Petrov secured ninth place. The final top ten position went to Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi. You might be wondering what happened to the other Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Unfortunately for the double World Champion he made a mistake in his second last attempt during Q2 and that pretty much ruined his qualifying session, although he later said that the mistake didn’t cost him an entry into Q3. He only managed 12th place and will start the race behind Adrian Sutil of Force India and ahead of Pedro de la Rosa of Sauber.
Further down the grid both the Lotus drivers will have to make do with 19th and 20th positions which comes as no surprise, this time the duo is led by Jarno Trulli. Both Lotus drivers were about four seconds slower than the front runners. 0.2 seconds down is Timo Glock for Virgin ahead of Hispania’s Bruno Senna. Lucas di Grassi and Karun Chandhok made up the final two positions of the grid.
This is Webber’s fourth pole position of the season and he has managed to turn two of his recent pole positions into race wins. Red Bull clearly has the pace but will the championship leader score his third consecutive win tomorrow? Only time will tell. A dry affair is expected.
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