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Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel claims Japan GP pole

Updated: Saturday, 06 Oct 2012 09:39 | Comments

The Red Bull driver produced a superb lap to secure the 34th pole of his career
The Red Bull driver produced a superb lap to secure the 34th pole of his career

Sebastian Vettel boosted his World Championship hopes as he claimed his fourth consecutive Japanese Grand Prix pole position while Fernando Alonso struggled at Suzuka.

The Red Bull driver produced a superb lap of one minute 30.839 seconds to secure the 34th pole of his career, moving him third on the all-time list - behind only Michael Schumacher and Ayrton Senna.

Mark Webber made it an all-Red Bull front row while home hero Kamui Kobayashi will start third for Sauber.

McLaren's Jenson Button, who set the third fastest time, serves a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.

But World Championship leader Alonso, who holds a 29-point advantage over Vettel, will only start sixth as Ferrari's recent struggles continued

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