Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of teammate Mark Webber on Saturday.
Mechanics work on the car of Red Bull-Renault driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany in the pit during the third practice session of the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit. (AFP photo/Jung Yeon-Je)
Vettel, a two-time winner in Japan, secured his fourth consecutive pole at Suzuka and will be in a good position in Sunday's race
to further erode the championship lead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
Red Bull's championship rivals will all start the race several places back after a yellow caution flag in the final moments of qualifying prevented them getting in a flying lap.
McLaren driver Jenson Button qualified third but will start eighth due to a gearbox replacement penalty.
Alonso was seventh while Mercedes-bound Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was ninth and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen tenth.