Fernando Alonso snatched pole position at Silverstone beating Webber and the rain in the process. The championship leader proved to be a master in the changing conditions in the final session of qualifying to take his first pole position since Singapore 2010. Mark Webber missed pole by a hair as he joined Alonso on the front row ahead of a resurgent Michael Schumacher in a rain hit qualifying session.
With conditions the way they were, times were going to tumble as the racing line evolved which meant that the fastest times would come at the fag end of the session. The intermediates were the ideal tyre for the drying conditions and Ferrari had the early pace with Alonso setting an incredible 1:52.5 over a second faster than any other car with Massa playing shotgun in 2nd place. Webber briefly took the lead but Alonso pipped him by just under 5 hundredths of a second to take his 22nd pole position in F1.