Webber beats Vettel to pole position in Japan

By on Saturday, October 12, 2013
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Mark Webber secured his first pole position of the season after topping the times in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Webber's time of 1:30.915 was almost two tenths of a second faster than team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel suffered from a KERS problem during Q3 and claimed his pace was 'all he had.'

It was the first time that Vettel has not claimed pole position at Suzuka.

Lewis Hamilton will start from third, with Romain Grosjean in fourth.

Felipe Massa - who claimed pole at Suzuka in 2006 - was fifth, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg.

Fernando Alonso qualified eighth, with Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button rounding out the Q3 runners.

Sergio Perez narrowly missed out on making the top 10 and he was joined by Paul di Resta and Valtteri Bottas.

Esteban Gutierrez qualified in 14th place, despite a fire igniting on his car after his first run in Q1. Sauber mechanics quickly dealt with the fire and serviced the car to ensure that the Mexican made Q2.

Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo also failed to make it out of Q2.

Jean-Eric Vergne's session ended prematurely when his rear brakes caught fire, forcing the Frenchman to park his Toro Rosso. The session was briefly red flagged as marshals dealt with the smoky car and Vergne will start the race from 17th.

Max Chilton will start from eighteenth place after beating Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde: it's the first time in 11 races that Marussia has beaten Caterham in qualifying.

Jules Bianchi and Adrian Sutil will make up the back row of the grid; the German qualified in 17th place but will drop five places courtesy of a gearbox change following a crash in third practice.

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