Formula One: Mark Webber claims Japanese Grand Prix pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel
SUZUKA, JAPAN (AFP) - Red Bull's Mark Webber upstaged his title-seeking teammate Sebastian Vettel on Saturday as he snatched his first pole position of the season in a masterful qualifying drive for the Japanese Grand Prix.
With all eyes on Vettel, who may be able to land his fourth successive world title in Sunday's race, the soon-to-retire Australian clocked 1min 30.915sec to push Vettel into second.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton will start behind the Red Bulls on the second row alongside Lotus's Romain Grosjean, with Felipe Massa and Nico Rosberg on the third row.
Nico Huelkenberg timed seventh, just ahead of Fernando Alonso. If Vettel wins on Sunday, the Ferrari man will need to finish inside the top eight to keep the title race alive.