Mark Webber secured his first pole of 2013 at Suzuka, but the Aussie admitted that the achievement was a little hollow given that for once his team mate Sebastian Vettel had some bad luck.
The German had KERS problems in Q3 and yet was still able to give Webber a run for his money and take second place.
"It's a great track, we all enjoy driving here and the laps weren't too bad,” said Webber. “Seb had a problem in qualifying, I still did a phenomenal lap, but it's a bit of a hollow pole. People were trying all sorts of tyres, scrubbed, new, but we did the lap when it counted. It's a nice farewell to have the pole on my last time here.”
Webber now has to get his start right on Sunday after consistently having problems this season.
"I haven't been too bad at starts, the clutch has been good all weekend, so it should be OK. I'll focus on myself, try to find some gaps for myself, but Seb, Lewis and the Lotus will be challenging. I'm hoping for a clean race, from me, from the pit stops, we have enough experience, so it should be OK.”
Webber is hoping to end his season on a high: “I just have to look forward, It's tough to see the results I lost and you can frustrated for. It takes energy is you look back. Tomorrow we'll have a great chance and I'll think it's my last time in Suzuka when I'll come out of the last corner. It's a great circuit, the car is working great and it was a nice day, and let's hope it lasts another 24 hours, in India and until the rest of season.”