Suzuka: Dominant double world champion Sebastian Vettel took pole position at the Japanese Formula One Grand Prix for the fourth year in succession on Saturday, with teammate Mark Webber to start alongside the German on an all-Red Bull front row.
Ferrari’s championship leader Fernando Alonso, who is 29 points clear of Vettel with six races to go, will start on the third row in sixth place, while Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi in a Sauber delighted the home crowd by taking third.
Vettel’s lap of one minute 30.839 denied title rivals McLaren, whose drivers were off the pace anyway, a fifth pole in a row for the season.
Jenson Button was demoted five places for a gearbox change to eighth while McLaren teammate Lewis Hamilton will start ninth. Frenchman Romain Grosjean (Lotus) will line up in fourth ahead of Mexico’s Sergio Perez (Sauber) in fifth.