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Japanese Grand Prix 2012: Vettel on pole for Red Bull

Sat, 06 Oct 2012

Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position in tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, ahead of team mate Mark Webber.

It looks like Red Bull have found form again ahead of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix, with Sebastian Vettel taking pole position and Mark Webber in second place.

Behind the Red Bulls is Jenson Button in the McLaren, although he’ll actually start five places back after a penalty for changing a gearbox after Singapore – probably wise after Hamilton retired in Singapore after his gearbox gave up the ghost.

Fourth place will please the crowd in Suzuka as Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi drove well to pip Romain Grosjean in the Lotus and team mate Sergio Perez to a place on the second row.

Championship leader Fernando Alonso only managed to put his Ferrari in seventh place, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus, a distracted Lewis Hamilton – who said his car wasn’t set up properly –  in the McLaren and Felipe Massa in the Ferrari.

Red Bull do look to have the speed to stay out front in tomorrow’s race – and Webber does look to have the measure of Vettel to, which will be interesting – especially as Button is back in eighth place after his penalty, and Hamilton in ninth.

The F1 serial retiree – Michael Schumacher – didn’t make it to final qualifying and will start tomorrow’s race in 13th with fellow Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ending up 15th.

By Cars UK