The Aussie managed to take provisional pole position on his first run before bettering it on his second lap, taking the top spot on the grid by almost two tenths of a second. Vettel will start alongside him on the front row but Webber is happy with his performance and to start from the front of the grid on his final visit to Suzuka with the Formula 1 circus.
Discussing his pole lap he said: “It’s a great track and we always enjoy driving here. The laps weren’t too bad today to be honest, but you always want a little bit more here and there. Sebastian had a problem in qualifying, so it’s a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like; he still did a phenomenal lap. But, I’m happy to be on pole; you have to grab the opportunities when you can and still get the laps in.”
He added: “It’s a very, very nice farewell for me to have pole position on my last attempt here at Suzuka. It’s a great circuit and I’ll never forget the first sector today, it’s what us guys strive for and it’s what our profession is all about; driving that is a real highlight for us.”
Team-mate Vettel felt that his car was on the pace during qualifying and is happy with second: “We had an issue in qualifying, but I’m not a big fan of thinking that without this, with this, if this, you know… it’s always unknown and we’re P2. I’m happy with the result, a front row for the team is great. The car was phenomenal today, especially in the first sector. You realise afterwards that the car was really fantastic through there and you don’t get many days when the car feels that great and you can really push it to the limit. I enjoyed qualifying today and I’m happy with second place”
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