2011 Formula 1 British Grand Prix - Qualifying Report - Webber Snatches Pole from Vettel, Rosberg 9th, and Schumacher 13th
Mark Webber was able to snatch pole position in the rainy British Grand Prix. Webber ended Vettel's pole position streak with a 1:30.399 beating him by just 0.032s. Alonso earned 3rd and was 0.1s behind, while Massa was forth and Button 5th. Hamilton had a bad day and only managed 10th. While Mercedes GP looked strong during the practice sessions, the rain put a damper on them during qualifying. Nico Rosberg managed to qualify 9th while Schumacher was eliminated in the second qualifying session, he could only manage 13th place.
After the race the Mercedes team had this to say
We have made good progress with our technical package this weekend, but P9 is not the best that we could have achieved today. At the end of Q2, I was in fifth place, but on my final lap in Q3, the track was wet in turn 15 and I just couldn’t improve in that final sector. With the pace of the car, hopefully we can make up some places in the race tomorrow.
"Owing to the uncertain weather situation, and in order to not risk driving in the rain, we went out rather early, which simply turned out to be too early. On my last lap, the tyres were unfortunately already gone and, especially in turn six, I suffered understeer which cost me the time to make it into the top ten." Although he had lost running time during P3 through a technical problem, he was quick to stress this was not the cause of his difficulties. "It did not have anything to do with the gearbox issue we experienced this morning. Let’s see what can be possible now coming from P13 and having some fresh tyres available - maybe some rain could help."
Ross Brawn said this in term of the car cars new package:
"The team had very limited dry running with our new aerodynamic package, as well as having to come to terms with the change in engine strategies." He conceded it had been "a patchy qualifying session during which we didn't catch the track at the right times," explaining that "today was the first step in utilising the new exhaust designs and technologies, and we are still finding our way.”
Nico posted his fastest Q3 time on a set of used option tyres which had completed an out-lap earlier in the session. He was considerably quicker with his new options in the first two sectors of his final attempt. His two split times were good enough to suggest he could have finished P5, but he had to abort the lap in the last sector because of rain. Michael missed out on Q3 by less than a tenth of a second. Starting from ninth and 13th places on the grid, we did not achieve the maximum possible today, but nevertheless we will fight for better results tomorrow.