Webber races to pole position

Webber races to pole position

Red Bull team-mate Vettel second; Force India disappoint

Red Bull’s Australian driver Mark Webber is a satisfied man after clinching the pole position on Saturday in the Spanish Grand Prix. APFormula One world champion Vettel, winner of three of the first four races of the season from pole position as well as last year's final round in Abu Dhabi, will start alongside on the front row. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, favourite of his home Spanish crowd, will line up together on the second row on Sunday.

The Australian has yet to win a race this season but was triumphant last year from pole position at a circuit where the winner has started in the top slot for all of the past decade.

However, the new moveable rear wing (DRS), kinetic energy recovery system and quick-wearing Pirelli tyres should make Sunday's race far less predictable with plenty of overtaking and pitstops expected. The Australian was parked up in the garage and out of the car with more than a minute of the session remaining, with McLaren recognising the futility of making any attempt to wrest pole from him. Michael Schumacher, the seven-times world champion who won six times in Barcelona with Benetton and Ferrari before making his comeback with Mercedes, did not set a timed lap in the last part and will start 10th.  That was one place behind Venezuelan rookie Pastor Maldonado, making his first appearance in the top 10 with Williams.  Renault's Nick Heidfeld did not take part in qualifying after his car caught fire in practice and couldn’t rebuilt in time. 

Misery continues

Force India drivers missed out on Q3 yet again as Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil settled for 16th and 17th positions respectively.

The drivers struggled to adjust with the new aerodynamics updates in their cars and scoring points is looking difficult for the Force India racers. In the last two races also they had returned without points.

Both Di Resta and Sutil failed to improve their timing in Q2 after managing 1:24.332 and 1:24.648 in Q1.

In Q2, di Resta clocked 1:26.126 which was only good enough for 16th position on the grid and following him was Sutil with the fastest lap time of 1:26.571.

India’s Narain Karthikeyan, who races for Hispania, will start 22nd on the grid as he managed a fastest lap of 1:27.908 in Q1.