Mark Webber has said that the lap that saw him steal pole position away from teammate Sebastian Vettel in the dying moments of qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was a result of him becoming increasingly comfortable and at ease with the car on Saturday.
Webber posted a fastest time of 1:39.957 to edge out Vettel by just over one-tenth of a second, and the Australian driver explained after qualifying that it was only after a small change was made to the front wing that he became comfortable with the setup of the car.
“It wasn’t the most electric start to Q1 or Q2, but we made changes to the car as the session went on and I got more comfortable,” Webber said.
“I knew I had to work on certain sections of the track which Sebastian had already been doing a good job on, so I had to try and match him as well as continuing to keep the areas where I was doing a good job too, so overall I’m happy with the pole. We’re really looking forward to the race tomorrow.”
This is Webber’s second pole position in the last three races, having secured first place on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka last month. However, after losing the lead to Romain Grosjean at the start, a change in strategy caused him to fall behind Vettel who eventually won the race.
This time around, Webber will be hoping to make a better start and lead from the front at a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake around. However, the race has only been won from pole position once (2010), whilst in the other three races the pole-sitter has retired from the race.