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Webber crosses the Mark on 130th try

Australian Mark Webber set his sights on a breakthrough first Formula One victory in Germany on Sunday after finally securing pole position on the 130th attempt.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2009 23:07 IST

Australian Mark Webber set his sights on a breakthrough first Formula One victory in Germany on Sunday after finally securing pole position on the 130th attempt.

The Red Bull driver made the most of Saturday’s qualifying, with rain and shine producing tricky conditions, to keep the championship-leading Brawns and German team-mate Sebastian Vettel behind him.

Brazilian Rubens Barrichello, in a Brawn, will start alongside 32-year-old Webber on the front row with team-mate and overall leader Jenson Button behind with Red Bull’s German Sebastian Vettel.

Button (with 64 points) has a 23-point lead over Barrichello after eight races, with Vettel a further two behind. Webber is fourth overall with 35.5 points.

Webber, the first Australian to start on pole since 1980 world champion Alan Jones did so for Williams at that year’s German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, hailed his “very special day” after being so close in the past.

“We’re here, the team have done a great job and we’ve been quick all weekend,” he said, appearing in a news conference with the Brawn drivers.