Season best for Webber as he qualifies in third for controversial Bahrain Grand Prix

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RED Bull’s Mark Webber will start third on the grid in Sunday’s Bahrain GP behind Lewis Hamilton and frontrunner Seb Vettel.

And speaking after his best qualifying performance of the season so far, the Aston Clinton racer said: “The car has been working better here. The first part of qualifying wasn’t easy and we both had to go again in Q1.

“It was a pretty decent session for me and my best qualifying performance at this circuit. Seb did a good lap for pole and we’re satisfied to both be at the front.

“The team has worked very hard and been very focused. We haven’t been too strong on Saturdays until now, but we have on Sunday. We can have a good race from there tomorrow; tyre strategy will be very, very important – a lot of drivers, including us, have used a lot of tyres already in qualifying.”

Despite safety fears amid civil unrest and a petrol bomb incident which affected Force India’s preparations, F1 officials insist the race will go ahead on Sunday.