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Webber: A ‘hollow’ pole position

Oct 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

Mark Webber AP

Mark Webber has said that pole position for this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix feels slightly “hollow” after teammate Sebastian Vettel encountered a KERS problem in Q3.

However, the Australian has said that he is happy to have grabbed the opportunity with both hands to score his first pole of the season, with his last start from P1 being at last year’s Korean Grand Prix.

“Sebastian had a problem in qualifying, so a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like, because he still did a phenomenal lap, but I’m happy to be on pole,” Webber explained. “You’ve got to grab the opportunities when you can and still put the laps in.”

Webber was also pleased to have claimed pole position in his final Japanese Grand Prix ahead of his retirement at the end of the season. Webber joins a list of illustrious names including Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Nigel Mansell who have all started on pole at Suzuka.

“Very, very nice farewell for me to have pole here on my last attempt at Suzuka on a really phenomenal circuit,” Webber said after qualifying. “I’ll never forget the first sector today. That’s what us guys strive for and yeah, our profession is all about that so it was a real highlight for a lot of us out there today.”

Webber’s pole position is Red Bull’s fifth in a row at Suzuka, and it also sees Renault overtake Ferrari for the record number of pole positions for an engine supplier. He will be hoping to convert this into his first win of the season tomorrow as the Australian driver looks to bow out of the sport in the best possible fashion.

  1. Jeff - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:08 AM

    Dangit I was hoping to see another Vettel grand slam.

  2. wallio - Oct 12, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Me too, but its irrelevant. Webber will drop to about P5 upon the launch and as long as Seb wins, he can more or less clinch in India by showing up and scoring points.

    • worknman24hours - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      Wallo called it.

      SPOT ON.

    • apexassassin - Oct 12, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      If he doesn’t punt Vettel you mean… strongly sspect he switched T-bars and is Vettel’s car!

      Regardless Webber leaves F1 an utter failure.

      • solutionc - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM


        O ye of short memories, Vettel is Red Bulls & more particularly Helmut’s golden child, rather than instruct Vettel to support the points leader (Webber) in the final races of his first championship season they put the drivers title on the line and let him race Webber (probably with a faster car), if it wasn’t for some compatriot Renault cars holding up Alonso they would have blown it. Any driver needs his team behind him Webber never did & despite Helmuts best efforts he still almost beat Vettel to the title. Good luck Mark & ignore any instructions that have 12 in them

      • apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        @ solutionc

        lay off the crack… it’s affecting your judgement and definitly affecting your memeory!!! Too much for me to even bother trying to help you out by pointing out your numerous errors.

      • solutionc - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        hard to argue with the truth

      • apexassassin - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        no it’s hard to argue with a foolish ignoramus. 😉

        (and it’s multi-21, not 12, Einstein, lol)

        Keep trying and making up conspiracy excuses for Webber’s 11 years of failure.

  3. solutionc - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    sorry but facts are facts & 12 would have been an instruction to Webber to let Vettel pass. They avoided any passing on track by calling him in 1 more time, funny how it always favors Vettel. Sometimes if it quacks it really is a duck

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