Red Bull Racing scores front-row in Japan

Mark Webber

Mark Webber at the Suzuka

Red Bull Racing has crushed its opposition in the delayed qualifying session for today’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

German Sebastian Vettel took the top spot from Australia’s championship leader Mark Webber, with the pair displaying stunning pace through in the first sector, giving them a significant advantage over the pack.

Vettel lapped in 1m 30.785s, placing him on pole and setting him up for a repeat of his success in Japan last year.

Webber was not far away, clocking a 1m 30.853s.

Behind them, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton more than made up for Friday’s accident with a 1m 31.169s but will lose that place thanks to a five-spot penalty for a gearbox change.

That promotes Renault’s Robert Kubica into third place ahead off Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and McLaren’s Jenson Button (1m 31.378s). Button was the only top-10 runner to use for the hard tyre for Q3. This means that Button will also start on that rubber.

See below for full grid line-up for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:32.035 1:31.184 1:30.785 20
2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:32.476 1:31.241 1:30.853 21
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.809 1:31.523 1:31.169 22
4 Robert Kubica Renault 1:32.808 1:32.042 1:31.231 21
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.555 1:31.819 1:31.352 26
6 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.636 1:31.763 1:31.378 21
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:32.238 1:31.886 1:31.494 22
8 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:32.361 1:31.874 1:31.535 22
9 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:32.211 1:31.926 1:31.559 20
10 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:32.513 1:32.073 1:31.846 21
11 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:33.011 1:32.187 17
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:32.721 1:32.321 20
13 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:32.849 1:32.422 18
14 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.783 1:32.427 15
15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:33.186 1:32.659 17
16 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:33.471 1:33.071 17
17 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:33.216 1:33.154 16
18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:33.568 11
19 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:35.346 10
20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:35.464 11
21 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.265 9
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.332 8
23 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:37.270 10
24 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1:37.365 8

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