Mark Webber edges out Vettel for Japanese Grand Prix Pole Position.Led Australian Mark Webber Red Bull front row sweep on Saturday denied teammate and Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel on successive Japanese Grand Prix pole position fifth.
Weber, in his last season in the sport, coiled figure of eight Suzuka circuit with a best time of one minute 30.915 seconds .
It was Vettel , who can clinch the fourth world title in a row on Sunday if he wins and Ferrari ‘s Fernando Alonso finishing lower than eighth , and problems with the kinetic energy recovery system car ( KERS ) and line up second after lapping in 1:31.089 .
“It was good, Sebastian was a problem in qualifying so it’s a bit of a hollow pole position if you like ,” said Webber, his first pole position since South Korea in October last year .
“But I’m happy to be on pole and you ‘ve got to grab that opportunity when you can.
” We did laps when it counted , and it’s a very nice farewell for me to end my time here in Suzuka Circuit phenomenon , ” added the Australian .
” The highlight was real for me , and I think in general we ‘ve got a good car for the race. ”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, and Romain Grosjean at Lotus , and share the second row with Alonso only qualified eighth , while team-mate Felipe Massa starts fifth in the circuit where he finished runner-up last year.
Marked the 12th career pole and Webber the first time this season , has the Vettel qualified outside , the who arrived in Japan after three successive starts from the top spot .
It remains to be seen whether Australia will be allowed to fight for the win on Sunday , but with Webber out of the title race and left the team .
Vettel was fastest on Friday but suffered KERS problems on Saturday morning , when he was sitting outside the end of the final practice while the team changed the battery.
“Unfortunately, we did not have Sepp KERS even with this deficit , to get on the front row was really successful. ” He told reporters : said team principal Christian Horner is clear that the problem is not resolved .
I stopped the playoffs in the first stage for five minutes when the red flags came after the withdrawal of Jean- Eric Vergne brake more with his Toro Rosso on fire.