Webber set to dominate German GP

Pole sitter Mark Webber looks set to dominate Sunday's German Grand Prix. On Saturday the Australian comfortably set pole position at the Nurburgring, but it was only after the FIA published the starting weights of the field did his true...

Pole sitter Mark Webber looks set to dominate Sunday's German Grand Prix.

On Saturday the Australian comfortably set pole position at the Nurburgring, but it was only after the FIA published the starting weights of the field did his true dominance become clear.

Webber's Red Bull was carrying about 56kg of fuel in the Q3 qualifying round: about 15kg more than the chasing Brawns, who therefore must pit about seven laps earlier than the 32-year-old at the end of their first stint.

Any hopes that his teammate Sebastian Vettel's fourth spot on the grid can be explained by fuel was also dashed when it was revealed his fuel weight was identical to Webber's.

Off the back of his maiden pole, Webber's first win is a real probability on Sunday. "I hope so, I hope so," he told reporters.

"I am in a fantastic position to do it and I am up for it."

Another interesting point to emerge from fuel-correction calculations from Nurburgring Q3 is that Lewis Hamilton, albeit fifth on the grid, was actually the third quickest car on the track if his fuel load - about 10kg more than the Brawns - is factored in.

Also mightily impressive in the top-ten runout was Force India's Adrian Sutil, who qualified seventh with a hefty 73kg fuel load.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mark Webber , Lewis Hamilton , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Force India