Fernando Alonso on Saturday night qualified third for the Abu Dhabi grand prix, but on the pitwall Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo was pumping the air in celebration.

If the Spaniard can just hold position on Sunday, he will win the 2010 world championship.

"We are in a strong position," he confirmed.

Mark Webber is the big loser of the floodlit qualifying session, only doing enough to qualify fifth and apparently heading for just third in the drivers' championship.

He positively leapt from his RB6 in parc ferme, got weighed in a hurry and headed straight out for his television interviews, managing to avoid all of his rivals.

"I'm not rapt of course but the fat lady hasn't sung yet," said the downbeat Australian.

Despite Sebastian Vettel being on pole position, the session is bad news overall for Red Bull. If the German goes on to win, he will lose the championship by 5 points.

"We got pole but no one else read the script," said the team on Twitter.

As it stands, Vettel will not be able to deploy a voluntary team strategy during the race, because a couple of McLarens will be in the way -- not to mention Alonso.

"I need to do a better job tomorrow," Webber acknowledged.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:40.318 1:39.874 1:39.394 17
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.335 1:40.119 1:39.425 19
3 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:40.170 1:40.311 1:39.792 21
4 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.877 1:40.014 1:39.823 23
5 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:40.690 1:40.074 1:39.925 20
6 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:40.942 1:40.323 1:40.202 19
7 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:40.904 1:40.476 1:40.203 26
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:41.222 1:40.452 1:40.516 20
9 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:40.231 1:40.060 1:40.589 25
10 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:41.018 1:40.658 1:40.901 21
11 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:41.336 1:40.780   13
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.045 1:40.783   14
13 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:41.473 1:40.914   18
14 22 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.409 1:41.113   17
15 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:41.015 1:41.418   18
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:41.681 1:41.642   18
17 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:41.707 1:41.738   18
18 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:41.824     11
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:43.516     11
20 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:43.712     11
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:44.095     10
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:44.510     9
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:45.085     10
24 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1:45.296     10

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