Vettel snatches pole from McLaren in Japan

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has snatched pole at Suzuka from under McLaren’s nose ahead of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Vettel clinch the top spot by a mere nine-thousandths of a second, pipping Jenson Button to the top slot.

Button’s McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton also looked like he had a chance at pole until he got mixed up with the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher and Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber. It meant that he wasn’t able to get to the line in time for a final lap, keeping him in third place.

Behind Vettel and the two McLarens was Felipe Massa (Ferrari), ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso.

Australian Webber will start the Japanese Grand Prix from a disappointing sixth, while Schumacher missed his chance at a final lap when he slipped off the track avoiding Hamilton.

Neither the Renaults of Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov or Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi opted to do any Q3 laps, preferring to conserve tyres. They will start in positions seventh to 10th.

See below for a full list of starting positions for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.


Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:33.051 1:31.424 1:30.466 14
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.947 1:31.434 1:30.475 14
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.843 1:31.139 1:30.617 14
4 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:33.235 1:31.909 1:30.804 15
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.817 1:31.612 1:30.886 13
6 2 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:33.135 1:31.576 1:31.156 14
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:33.748 1:32.116 10
8 9 Bruno Senna Renault 1:33.359 1:32.297 12
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:32.877 1:32.245 17
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.626 1:32.380 15
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.761 1:32.463 14
12 15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:33.499 1:32.746 10
13 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:33.921 1:33.079 13
14 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1:33.781 1:33.224 14
15 18 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:33.064 1:33.227 10
16 19 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:35.111 1:33.427 10
17 17 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.704 6
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1:35.454 3
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1:35.514 6
20 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.439 8
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:36.507 7
22 22 Daniel Ricciardo HRT-Cosworth 1:37.846 7
DNQ 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1
DNQ 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 2

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