If Formula One points leader Sebastian Vettel hopes to win the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and virtually guarantee his fourth consecutive world title, he won’t be able to do so from the pole position. Australia’s Mark Webber, one of Vettel’s Red Bull teammates, barely edged out Vettel by 0.174 seconds for the spot.
Webber spoke about his performance afterwards:
It was pretty good. Sebastian had a problem in qualifying so it’s a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like.
I’m happy to be on pole and you’ve got to grab that opportunity when you can. We did the laps when they counted, and it’s a very nice farewell for me on my final time here at Suzuka and on a phenomenal circuit. It was a real highlight for me. I think in general we’ve got a good car for the race (Reuters).
Webber hasn’t secured a pole position since racing in South Korea in October of 2012. He’ll be retiring from Formula One at the end of this season.