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Webber claims pole for first time

Updated: Sunday, 12 Jul 2009 15:07

Webber claims pole for first time

Australian Mark Webber took his first Formula One pole position at the German Grand Prix on Saturday.

The Red Bull driver will make his 130th start on Sunday with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello alongside on the front row in a Brawn GP.

Britain's championship leader Jenson Button qualified third for Brawn, with Red Bull's German Sebastian Vettel starting fourth.

Red Bull driver Webber will make his 130th start on Sunday with Brazilian Rubens Barrichello alongside on the front row in a Brawn GP.

A delighted Webber said: 'This is a very special day for me.

'I've been close to getting pole a few times in the past, and now we're here.

'The team has done a very good job; I've been quick all weekend, but we got really tested today.

'All the teams and drivers did in that session [Q2] - it was very chaotic.

'But I'm now in a fantastic position to get my first win. Obviously the Brawns have had a strong season and will push us.

'But we're up for the fight - I certainly am - and I'm up for trying to win my first race.

Describing the middle session, which was key to him reaching Q3, Barrichello said: 'I enjoyed it.

'It was very nice, and it's nice when you have the right tyres at the right moment.

'We all went on slicks, and then we saw Massa run wide - so we all came back to the pits for intermediates.

'The team were ready for me; they put on the right tyres, and it was great for me. It was really a nice session.

'Second for me is really good. I just hope tomorrow my experience counts.

'If it's a tricky race, like it was a tricky qualifying, then we just have to make sure we're there at the end when it counts.’

Championship leader Button, 23 points clear of Barrichello, said: 'Q2 was madness, but it was good fun.

'We're struggling with the tyres anyway, but when you chuck water in there as well it's quite difficult.

'But it's great to see us, Rubens and myself, in the top three - and Mark's got his first pole, so congratulations to him.

'Tomorrow is going to be an interesting one. The weather is going to be similar to today - wet and dry - so with a little bit of luck, we'll make the best of the situation.'

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