Mark Webber expressed his satisfaction at securing pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix but added that such an achievement was ‘hollow’.
Webber secured his first pole position since last year’s Korean Grand Prix after setting two laps fast enough to take top slot.
It was also the first time in 2013 that Webber beat team-mate Sebastian Vettel in qualifying.
But Webber believes that his achievement was hollow as Vettel suffered from a KERS failure in Q3.
“It’s a great track and we always enjoy driving here,” he said.
“The laps weren’t too bad today to be honest, but you always want a little bit more here and there.”
“Sebastian had a problem in qualifying, so it’s a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like; he still did a phenomenal lap. But, I’m happy to be on pole; you have to grab the opportunities when you can and still get the laps in.”
“It’s a very, very nice farewell for me to have pole position on my last attempt here at Suzuka. It’s a great circuit and I’ll never forget the first sector today, it’s what us guys strive for and it’s what our profession is all about; driving that is a real highlight for us.”