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Saturday, July 09, 2011

F1 : Silverstone - Mark Webber on pole, ahead of Vettel and Alonso

Mark Webber won a close battle with Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso to claim pole for Sunday's British Grand Prix.

It's good news for Formula One fans who want to see a real race at Silverstone rather than a procession as it is only the second time in nine races this season that Vettel has been beaten to pole and Alonso was closer than Ferrari were expected to be here just 12/100ths behind in 3rd.

The focus ahead of Sunday's race will be on the effect of Formula 1's latest rule change on the leading contenders, with Ferrari appearing to benefit and McLaren lose out the most from a decision to ban a technology called off-throttle blowing of the diffuser. This is where teams blow exhaust gases over the rear of their car's floor even when the driver is off the accelerator, to smooth airflow and increase downforce.

Country Driver Team
1 Australia M Webber Red Bull
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
4 Brazil F Massa Ferrari
5 Great Britain J Button McLaren
6 Great Britain P Di Resta Force India
7 Venezuela P Maldonado Williams
8 Japan K Kobayashi Sauber
9 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
10 Great Britain L Hamilton McLaren

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