Vettel leads Red Bull lock-out in delayed Suzuka qualifying

Stephan Heublein



Sebastian Vettel led a predictable Red Bull front-row lockout in qualifying ahead of this afternoon's Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka, after fending off the opposition in the re-scheduled Sunday morning qualifying hour. Vettel was the quickest man in Q1 and Q2 before pushing his advantage home in the grid-deciding Q3 session, going just seven hundredths faster than team-mate Webber.

Most drivers completed two runs in Q3, and Vettel led the way by an ominous four tenths of a second after his first tour on a time of 1m30.792s, followed by team-mate Webber on a 1m31.185s. Although Webber managed to improve his time by over three tenths of a second to 1m30.853s, he still fell short of Vettel's effort. The German then improved his time fractionally to a 1m30.785s, rubberstamping his eighth pole position of the season.