Vettel takes pole in Japan

By on Saturday, October 6, 2012

Photo credit: Red Bull GEPA

Sebastian Vettel took his 34th career pole position - moving to third in the all-time list - after setting the fastest time in qualifying.

Vettel set the fastest time for the first time since the European Grand Prix in June to take his fourth successive Suzuka pole at a track where he has never been beaten in qualifying.

Mark Webber joins his team mate on the front row, ahead of Jenson Button, although the British driver drops five places on the grid following a gearbox change.

Kamui Kobayashi was fourth, although the home favourite appeared to set a fastest sector time under yellow flag conditions when Kimi Raikkonen spun at Spoon curve.

Raikkonen's spin hampered Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton and assured Vettel of his pole position.

Nico Hulkenberg made it into Q3 but will drop to 15th courtesy of a gearbox change.

Michael Schumacher narrowly scraped into Q2 but set only the 13th fastest time and will start from 23rd place.

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