Red Bull’s Saturday qualifying domination continued with Mark Webber edging out team-mate Sebastian Vettel at Silverstone but the result was overshadowed by the row over diffuser use.
Despite regulations only being decided upon minutes before the qualifying session began, the Red Bull’s still managed to monopolise the front row.
It is only the second time in nine races that Vettel has not found himself on pole but the German will still be confident of a good result.
The Red Bulls nearest challenge seems set to come from Ferrari with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa on row two and the Spaniard was just a tenth behind the Australian pacesetter.
The Scuderia seem to have made up a lot of ground on Red Bull with many feeling they are chief beneficiaries of the new rules.
But Webber thinks it is still too early to tell: “Normally on tracks like this we’d be further down the road,” he said.
“There might be a bit of a form card starting to build, but we need some more races to see if that is the case.”
McLaren though looked to be badly affected however with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton managing just fifth and tenth respectively in front of their home ground.
“We did not put on a competitive showing in qualifying,” said the McLaren team boss, Martin Whitmarsh. “Our car is not quick enough and that’s how it is.
“But we are not going to give up on Sunday. We are going to try and win races. We are not giving up on the championship.”
Force India’s Paul di Resta, Pastor Maldonado and Kamui Kobayashi continued to impress with sixth, sevnth and eighth ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg who’s best lap was ruined by rain.