It’s Michael's day, says pole man Webber
26 May 2012 – Mark Webber has picked up his first pole position of 2012 in Monaco, having inherited the top spot courtesy of Michael Schumacher’s penalty. The Mercedes driver moves back five places on the grid following his crash with Bruno Senna last time out in Spain.
The Monte Carlo pole is Webber’s second - having first achieved the feat in 2010 - and also marks Red Bull’s second of the season, as Sebastian Vettel started first in Bahrain.
“It was a strong day, particularly this afternoon,” said Webber. “It’s normal around here that the momentum has got to build before qualifying and then you have to start putting it all together and the guys did a really good job on the car.
“I felt comfortable, which is important, you need to go to the absolute limit everywhere to get the maximum out of the car and squeeze everything you can. It’s a great effort from the whole team; we had a lot to do on Thursday night, but the team reacted really well.”
Webber is comfortable with the fact that most of the media attention is on Schumacher, who finished qualifying at the top for the first time since 2006:
“It’s Michael’s day and he did a great lap, but we are right there and will have a good race tomorrow. It’s been a happy hunting ground for me in the past – Monaco is a very special, unique challenge for the drivers.”
Webber’s first Monaco front row was second place for Williams in 2005.