Red Bull's Vettel takes British GP pole

Sebastian Vettel captured pole position today for the British Grand Prix, while Formula One championship leader Jenson Button will start from a season-worst sixth.



In his revamped Red Bull car, Vettel set the fastest lap time in qualifying for the third time this year, finishing in 1 minute 19.509 seconds, 0.347 ahead of Button's Brawn teammate Rubens Barrichello.

"It's been a fantastic weekend so far from beginning to end," Vettel said. "All the parts we have brought here seem to be working well, so we have made a good step forward.

"But when it comes to qualifying, there is tension there. You try to do your best, and you try to get a good feeling. In Q3 I had the lap of the weekend. From beginning to end it was very close to being perfect. I brought the lap to the checkered flag, and I was surprised by how quick I was at that stage, yet it was enough to get pole."

Mark Webber finished third as Red Bull continued a dominating weekend on the Silverstone circuit.

Webber blamed Kimi Raikkonen for holding him up on his final run.

"I don't know what the hell he was doing," Webber said. "He should have been on the right, but he was on the racing line. He basically didn't care, so that wrecked my run. Anyway, you do not want to listen to a shopping list of excuses."

In the drivers' standings, Button is 26 points ahead of Barrichello and leads Vettel by 32.

Button was almost 0.8 seconds behind Vettel, and the Briton will also have Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Kazuki Nakajima of Williams ahead of him on Sunday.

"I really struggled with low grip, especially in the last complex," said Button, who has won six of the season's first seven races. "I just felt like I was skating around. Qualifying was not fantastic — but that's the way it was."

Behind Button, the top 10 was completed by Nico Rosberg of Williams, Timo Glock of Toyota, Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari and Renault's Fernando Alonso.

Home fans were left disappointed early in qualifying when defending F1 champion Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, who won last year's race, failed to get out of the first session. He will start at the back from 19th.

"It's disappointing," Hamilton said. "I just don't have a good car."

Only Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi was slower than Hamilton.

Hamilton's hopes of completing a final lap ended when the first 20-minute qualifying run was stopped with 24 seconds to go when the red flag emerged.

Adrian Sutil lost control of his Force India car and rear-hit the protective barrier of tires. After being given the all-clear by medics, Sutil blamed the crash on his breaks.

Travel
travel
News
Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014
peopleTim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
News
Jamie and Emily Pharro discovering their friend's prank
video
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift crawls through the legs of twerking dancers in her 'Shake It Off' music video
musicEarl Sweatshirt thinks so
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
Our resilience to stress is to a large extent determined by our genes
science
Travel
travel
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Sport
sportBesiktas 0 Arsenal 0: Champions League qualifying first-leg match ends in stalemate in Istanbul
News
Pornography is more accessible - and harder to avoid - than ever
news... but they still admit watching it
Arts and Entertainment
The eyes have it: Kate Bush
musicKate Bush asks fans not to take photos at London gigs
News
i100
Extras
indybest
Sport
Manchester United are believed to have made a £15m bid for Marcos Rojo
sportWinger Nani returns to Lisbon for a season-long loan as part of deal
News
news
News
i100
Arts and Entertainment
O'Toole as Cornelius Gallus in ‘Katherine of Alexandria’
filmSadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment