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Mark Webber ended Sebastian Vettel's four year streak of pole positions at Suzuka by posting the quickest time in Saturday morning's qualifying session. Vettel will start in second place on the grid, completing a Red Bull front-row lockout, whilst Lewis Hamilton will slot in behind them in third place.
Fernando Alonso, the only man who can stop Vettel claiming a fourth consecutive world title, will begin eighth on the grid, whilst next season's teammate Kimi Raikkonen will be disappointed to start one place behind him in ninth place. Especially with teammate Roman Grosjean up in fourth place.
For long parts of the weekend, it looked as though this was set to be another cake-walk for Vettel, but the problems he suffered in FP3 dragged on into the qualifying sessions. The German didn't have KERS available to him, and as such a spot on the front row must be viewed as a pretty decent effort.
Webber, who out-qualified his teammate for the first time this season, said that problems suffered by the World Champion did make this one a something of a hollow pole (from Sky Sports F1):
Sebastian had a problem so it's a bit of a hollow pole position and he still did a phenomeonal lap. But you've got to take them when you can and it's not like they hand them out
Naturally, with the world championship there for the taking in tomorrow's race, questions have already been asked in regards to team orders. When pressed on the issue, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner certainly didn't rule it out, claiming that both drivers "will do the best they can for the team" (from BBC Sport)
Fernando Alonso spoke of the tragic death of Maria De Villota's after today's qualifying, and how it has been hard for him to focus on his driving this weekend (from BBC Sport):
Yesterday was such a shock. You take the helmet off and they tell you this terrible news. It's hard to understand and you never expect it. She fought so much in the last year and she was full of life, it's tough.
Will Webber step aside and allow his teammate an easy world title win? Or will Red Bull allow the Aussie an opportunity to pick up another victory before he walks away from the sport at the end of the season?
It should be a fascinating contest. It always is at Suzuka. Stick with Bleacher Report for full race coverage tomorrow morning. In the meantime, here are the classified results from Satruday's qualifying sessions: