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2013 Formula 1 Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying result

Red Bull continued their dominance during 2013 F1 season with Webber taking pole and Vettel qualifying second. The third spot was taken by British driver and former World Champion, Lewis Hamilton. Speaking about qualifying, Webber says, “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.” Vettel said, “I’m happy with the result, a front row for the team is great. The car was phenomenal today, especially in the first sector.”

Hamilton too seemed happy with his qualifying as he said, “I am really happy with P3 on the grid and the team has done a great job this weekend, so thank you to everybody for their hard work. It seems to me that we have a better package here than we’ve had for a while and the car felt awesome to drive.”

Ferrari’s Alonso qualified 8th. He said, “Today’s result is more or less what we were expecting, not having had a great pace all weekend, always being between sixth and tenth and even in Q3, I could not do more.” Kimi managed to take the 9th spot. He said, “The car has felt much better here than it has in recent races; even if we don’t have a better position on the grid for tomorrow. A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit of time and it’s very close here, so a small amount lost can mean quite a few positions dropped.”

Sahara Force India drivers, Paul di Resta and Adrian Sutil qualified at 12th and 17th place. Robert Fernley, Force India deputy team principal, said, “Suzuka has been quite a challenge for us this year, but the changes we made overnight were a step in the right direction and improved the drivability of the car. An accident for Adrian halfway through FP3 was unfortunate and although the mechanics did a fantastic job of repairing his car, he was on the back foot going into qualifying. On the other side of the garage Paul was in better shape and showed very strong pace in Q1 and Q2. In the end he was unlucky to miss out on a place in Q3, but he’s done enough to be firmly in the battle for points tomorrow. We’re feeling quite optimistic about our race pace and tyre life, and if we get the strategy right we can take the fight to the cars ahead of us.”

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