Webber not worried about running out of tyres

Mark Webber on Saturday said he is not worried about running out of useable tyres in Belgium.

Earlier at Spa-Francorchamps, where wet and changeable weather has featured regularly so far this weekend, Bridgestone admitted it is worried about drivers running out of rain tyres.

Each car is restricted to 3 sets of extreme wet compounds and 4 intermediates for the entire weekend, and so far those tyres have only been lasting a few laps before graining and degrading.

But after securing pole on Saturday, championship leader Webber played down the situation.

"I think we should be fine for tomorrow's grand prix," he said. "Maybe they will have to make a few more for next week but they should be able to do that."

Renault's Robert Kubica agreed, explaining that the mostly dry qualifying session had helped drivers to preserve their allocations of wet tyres.

"If qualifying had been wet and tomorrow it's raining then we might be in trouble but it should be ok," said the Pole.

Other news briefs from Spa

Aug.28 (GMM) Fernando Alonso on Saturday said he is not worried after qualifying just tenth for the Belgian GP.

"This was the least important qualifying of the year because of the weather. Anything can happen so our goal is still the podium and victory," the Ferrari driver told Spanish media.

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Timo Glock has lost his impressive 17th on the Belgian GP grid with a five-place penalty for impeding HRT's Sakon Yamamoto in qualifying.

"Can anyone explain why Timo gets a penalty for holding up Yamamoto but Trulli gets nothing for hitting Lucas (di Grassi) under yellows?!" said the Virgin team on Twitter.

Lotus' Jarno Trulli was, however, fined EUR 4,400 for pitlane speeding.

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There are few smiles in the Mercedes camp this weekend.

Michael Schumacher's ten-place grid penalty for his Rubens Barrichello duel in Hungary drops him to 21st, and teammate Nico Rosberg is demoted to 17th due to an unscheduled gearbox change.

Neither W01 was fast enough to make the Q3 cut in Spa-Francorchamps qualifying.

"A few of the new parts we have here did not work," Rosberg is quoted by the German media. "I am very much hoping for rain tomorrow."

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:57.352 1:47.253 1:45.778 21
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:56.706 1:46.211 1:45.863 18
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:56.041 1:47.320 1:46.100 19
4 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:58.487 1:47.245 1:46.127 23
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.981 1:46.790 1:46.206 18
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:58.323 1:47.322 1:46.314 20
7 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:55.757 1:47.797 1:46.602 19
8 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:58.730 1:47.292 1:46.659 18
9 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:55.442 1:47.821 1:47.053 20
10 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:57.023 1:47.544 1:47.441 21
11 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:56.313 1:47.874   16
12 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:54.826 1:47.885   16
13 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:58.944 1:48.267   17
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 2:01.102 1:48.680   14
15 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 2:00.386 1:49.209   16
16 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 2:01.343 1:50.980   12
17 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 2:01.316 1:52.049   16
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 2:01.491     9
19 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 2:02.284     6
20 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 2:03.612     7
21 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 2:03.941     8
22 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 2:05.294     6
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 2:18.754     5
24 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault No time     1

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