Vettel takes pole for Japanese GP

  • AP, Suzuka
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  • Updated: Oct 06, 2012 12:07 IST

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)

Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of teammate Mark Webber on Saturday.

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.


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