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By Andrew Benson
Chief F1 author at Suzuka
The Sebastian Vettel of ferrari made a scintillating performance to take pole position.
It was the first rod because the Canadian Grand Prix of Vettel in June and halted a run of nine races being out-qualified by Charles Leclerc.
Even the 21-year-old Monegasque, who has taken pole at the previous four races, was second, 0.189 minutes behind.
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton were fourth and third, equally over 0.2secs off the Ferraris.
Red Bulls Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon were fifth and sixth, setting the exact identical lap time, 0.787secs off the pace, a hugely impressive performance in the Anglo-Thai in his very first visit Suzuka.
But the narrative was Vettel, that has struggled under Leclercs challenge in the second half of the season but revived memories of some of his performances for pole position at an illustrious career with two laps enough.
Vettel revelled in his execution after a session where drivers were faced with strong gusting winds, a hangover.
Vettel explained:Were quite surprised. We didnt expect to have front row. It was unbelievable, the automobile being on and so light new tyres and wed head breeze through the Esses that is what you desire. I dont believe I touched the brakes (there) other than into Turn Two.
He was being threatened by leclerc before he left some mistakes and quickening on into the final straight but confessed that Vettel was too great for him.
Seb did an incredible lap, Leclerc said,and today he simply deserves to be on rod. Ive been a bit. However, Ive been satisfied with my lap aside from the final industry when I did a few errors. But to be honest, pole was possible, Seb was just too quick.
Leclerc said that he was wary of the threat against the Mercedes cars.
Mercedes are very fast in the race, he said,and it isnt likely to be easy but we will try to concentrate on our task and maintain that one-two.
Mercedes had dominated but believed that Ferrari held something in book so it proved.
Bottas, who has looked quicker than Hamilton all weekend, also stated:We seemed quite robust but we always understood Ferrari might have something to turn up. Throughout the straights they are unbeatable. But we are quick through the corners.
The difficult conditions resulted in two drivers crashing out at precisely the exact identical area as Williams driver Robert Kubica and Haas Kevin Magnussen equally dropped controller, in the final corner at the first part of non invasive.
Kubica understeered in the barriers, even though he was able to get his car back into the pits while the hurdles backwards spun and struck and ran wide on the grass.
Both teams face a race against time to find the cars ready in the brief period before the race starts at 14:10 local time (06:10 BST).
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