Vettel takes 12th season pole at Suzuka

 Sebastian Vettel 1st“I went off in the free practice yesterday and damaged the front wing, so it wasn’t ideal to prepare the car for today. We suffered a bit from that this morning regarding the car’s balance and were too slow. We sat down after P3 and looked at where we could improve and we were able to extract everything out of the car in qualifying, which was crucial. There wasn’t much between me and Jenson! I want to say thanks to the team and the factory for getting another front wing out for me, I would not sit here now without them, so I’m very happy and very proud. Regarding one point or no point tomorrow, I’m not focusing on that. I had a lesson yesterday where for a little moment I wasn’t 100 percent focused and lost the car. Tomorrow is a long race and it’s challenging; I’m looking forward to it. We really love to come here, it’s a special atmosphere and the fans are so passionate and crazy. When we leave the hotel in the morning, it’s full of people and they’re all screaming, so it’s a nice feeling to be part of that and starting from pole tomorrow will be special. It’s a long race and a lot of things can happen.”

Mark Webber 6th“I’m very surprised to be sixth. I did my best, but it wasn’t quick enough and it was a bit of a surprise that I couldn't go with the pace there at the end. Seb obviously did a massive lap for pole so he got on the front row just, which was a great effort. I’m disappointed to be on the third row. The car was pretty good yesterday on the long run - and it was good on short runs too, up until the end there – so clearly I didn't get the most out of it today. I’ll wake up and push tomorrow.”

Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal“A phenomenal qualifying. It was very, very close with a tremendous last lap from Sebastian. It’s been tight with the McLarens all weekend and he produced a remarkable last lap to get the pole by 100th of a second. This rewards the hard work that’s taken place both here and in the factory after one of the new front wings was damaged yesterday and needed to be replaced. It’s a fantastic way to pay back that effort. With Mark, he was up on his last run and was purple in his first sector, but thereafter the lap seemed to move away from him time-wise and he wasn’t able to improve in the final two sectors in a very, very tight grid. Hopefully he can make good progress from there tomorrow.”

Q3    1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m30.466s 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m30.475s   + 0.009 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m30.617s   + 0.151 4.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m30.804s   + 0.338 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m30.886s   + 0.420 6.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m31.156s   + 0.690 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             No time 8.  Bruno Senna           Renault              No time 9.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault              No time10.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       No time

Q2                                  11.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes 1m32.463s   + 1.99712.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m32.746s   + 2.28013.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth    1m33.079s   + 2.61314.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth    1m33.224s   + 2.75815.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.227s   + 2.76116.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.427s   + 2.96117.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       No time

Q1 18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault        1m35.454s   + 2.82819.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault        1m35.514s   + 2.88820.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth      1m36.439s   + 3.81321.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth      1m36.507s   + 3.88122.  Daniel Ricciardo      HRT-Cosworth         1m37.846s   + 5.22023.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             No time24.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth         No time

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