Webber flies to Monaco GP pole

Red Bull remains unbeaten in qualifying in 2010 after Mark Webber fended off a huge challenge from Renault's Robert Kubica to take pole position for the Monaco Grand Prix

Webber flies to Monaco GP pole

Kubica looked like a strong favourite for a shock underdog pole as his early Q3 time put him a massive 1.1s clear of the field.

He started improving even more on his next run, but Webber was going faster still, sneaking ahead with a 1m14.104s.

Kubica's response was a 1m14.120s, leaving him second, with Webber then making certain of the top spot by producing a 1m13.826s with his final lap of the hour, as he maintained his momentum after dominating in Spain.

Sebastian Vettel took third in the second Red Bull, ahead of Q1 leader Felipe Massa, who was Ferrari's only representative in the session following the practice crash that left Fernando Alonso on the sidelines with a damaged chassis.

McLaren had a disappointing session, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button back in fifth and eighth, split by the Mercedes. Nico Rosberg beat Michael Schumacher this time, albeit by just 0.046s.

Rubens Barrichello showed Williams's strongest dry weather form of the year by taking ninth, with his rookie team-mate Nico Hulkenberg also driving well for 11th.

Tonio Liuzzi put his recent qualifying troubles behind him by completing the top ten, as his Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil missed Q3 for the second time in a week and lined up 12th.

Vitaly Petrov slewed into the Sainte Devote barriers late in Q2 and will start 14th, ahead of the Saubers and Jaime Alguersuari - the latter four places and 0.7s adrift of Toro Rosso team-mate Sebastien Buemi on his first Monaco F1 appearance.

Alonso's absence took the sting out of Q1, the Ferrari automatically becoming the one frontrunner to join the new teams in elimination and taking the pressure off everyone else.

Heikki Kovalainen tried his utmost to spring a surprise and get Lotus into Q2, and was within 0.3s of Hulkenberg and Kobayashi for a while. Spins at Mirabeau and Loews on consecutive laps showed how hard he was pushing as he ended up still 18th but only 2.3s off the pace.

 Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3  1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:15.035 1:14.462 1:13.826 2. Kubica Renault 1:15.045 1:14.549 1:14.120 3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:15.110 1:14.568 1:14.227 4. Massa Ferrari 1:14.757 1:14.405 1:14.283 5. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.676 1:14.527 1:14.432 6. Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.188 1:14.375 1:14.544 7. Schumacher Mercedes 1:15.649 1:14.691 1:14.590 8. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.623 1:15.150 1:14.637 9. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:15.590 1:15.083 1:14.901 10. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:15.397 1:15:061 1:15.170 11. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:16.030 1:15.317 12. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:15.445 1:15.318 13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:15.961 1:15.413 14. Petrov Renault 1:15.482 1:15.576 15. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.908 1:15.692 16. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.175 1:15.992 17. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:16.021 1:16.176 18. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:17.094 19. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:17.134 20. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.377 21. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:17.864 22. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:18.509 23. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:19.559 24. Alonso Ferrari No time All Timing Unofficial 
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