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Front row well deserved, says Webber

The 35-year-old Red Bull driver was pleased with his qualifying performance after finishing less than five hundredths of a second off pole-taker Fernando Alonso.
Sunday, July 8, 2012

Silverstone, United Kingdom, July 7, 2012 (AFP) - Mark Webber said his front row start was a fair reflection of his pace after qualifying in second for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

The 35-year-old Red Bull driver was pleased with his qualifying performance after finishing less than five hundredths of a second off pole-taker Fernando Alonso's time of one minute 51.746 seconds.

Webber admitted that despite his experience at the Northampton-based track, the vast amount of rain at Silverstone had made it difficult to put consistent times on the board, but was pleased he had the pace when it mattered most.

"I raced here in '95 for first time so I've been round this track a few times, but it was a tight session today with very mixed conditions.

"The cars are difficult to handle when it's like that. In every session we went out the times were changing by up to five or six seconds per lap; there was a lot of standing water and aqua planning - I was happy I was competitive when it counted."

Webber added that he had driven on the limit during his final few laps and was glad to have been rewarded with a good result.

"You have to put it all on the line in Q3" he said.

"Alonso put a lap together that was just that sniff better than mine, but I'm not standing here with any regrets about my lap.

"I'm happy with what I put on the table and front row was what we deserved."

His Red Bull team-mate and defending champion Sebastian Vettel wound up fourth and believes the extreme weather conditions meant it was impossible to predict who will win on Sunday.

"It could be a big lottery just like today with conditions like that," said Vettel. "It will be a tough day. Now it's raining again and it's probably the same weather tomorrow. It will be a long race."

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