Japan: Vettel keeps pressure on Button

Sebastian VettelSebastian Vettel kept alive his slim hope of snatching the drivers championship with a stunning pole in a chaotic qualification session at Suzuka.

But it looks to be a nervy weekend for Jenson Button as the championship favourite qualified in seventh, two places behind main rival Rubens Barrichello.

Button, remember, needs to finish five points clear of Barrichello to secure the title this weekend, an outcome that looks unlikely after a quali session disrupted by three red flags for big crashes.

Button’s task could become even trickier if he is found to have set his best time in Q2 when yellow flags were out. If the Briton is penalised, however, it seems likely that Barrichello will also be demoted.

Toyota’s Timo Glock, suffering from a heavy cold, suffered the biggest crash of the day, understeering massively through the final chicane and slamming into the wall at 165mph. He was stretchered from the track, conscious but complaining of a ‘leg wound’. It is not clear whether the German will race tomorrow.

It was a hectic session all round, with Sebastien Buemi and Heikki Kovalainen also finding the wall and Red Bull’s Mark Webber sitting out the entire session, his Red Bull requiring a new chassis after his crash in practice. The Australian will start from 20th on the grid.

Which means it’s a Red Bull grid sandwich tomorrow, with Webber’s teammate Vettel storming every session for his fourth pole of the year. Jarno Trulli sneaked second for Toyota, with Lewis Hamilton qualifying in third.

We’ll have to wait for the fuel loads to be published to determine the cars’ true pace, but it’s clear that Vettel is going to be hugely quick tomorrow, while the Brawns don’t seem quite right.

“It wasn’t a great qualifying,” admitted Ross Brawn after the race. “We’re fuelled about 17 laps but I don’t think we did the lap time we thought we could do on that load.”

But if the race follows the pattern of quali, just about anything could happen at Suzuka tomorrow. Prediction time: who are you tipping for the podium?

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The FIA wants to take it to the wire.

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In the end it could well be that, out of the drivers who know this circuit best and can hold it together, the one with the best-tuned car is the winner. This track is a brilliant test of both car and driver (Martin Brundle said that 130R starts off the neck pain, and the Dunlop and Spoon turns finish it off). That’s why it’s so awesome!

Of course, it could also easily be down to who can handle Friday Practice-levels of rain best. When it rains, it really really rains in Japan.

Looking forward to it! Early night tonight for sure (or, in F1 language, “For Sure, I will have to sleep earlier tonight”).

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Now i have seen all the penelties & fuel waits, i need to change my top 8 prediction to:
1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Lewis Hamilton
3. Nick Heidfeld
4. Robert Kubica
5. Kimi Raikkonen
6. Rubens Barrichello
7. Nico Rosberg
8. Adrian Sutil

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Lewis
Seb
Trulli
Nick
Robert
Button
Rosberg
Himie Alguersrai

Thhats my top 8

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trulli
vettel
kimi
hamilton
button
rosberg
heidfeld
bar-cello

that’s how i wish!

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kimi
fisi
whatever
:-)

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yea, and in between them, all the other cars :D

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Safety car ftw!

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lol these kids can’t handle the classic Suzuka.

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I Want Ayrton Senna Back! He Made F1 Great!

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An exciting race for Sunday, demanding race on components, seemingly no matter who get through though I expect some drama judging race qualification.

1 Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull,
2 Lewis Hamilton, McLaren,
3 Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari,
4 Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber,
5 Nico Rosberg, Williams,
6 Rubens Barrichello, Brawn GP,
7 Jaime Alguersuari, Toro Rosso,
8 Jenson Button, Brawn GP,

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So, if Barichello crashes, i can turn my TV off, cuz Jenson wins the chimpions title? Sounds almost too good to me.I want to see more/nicer cars on the grid.And get over this season asap.

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Alguersuari too crashed at the beginning of Q2, bringing out the red flag for the first time in today’s qualifying sessions. Five drivers ended qualifying without setting a timed lap in the respective sessions: Mark Webber didn’t participate at all, Glock and Alguersuari didn’t set a time in Q2, Kovalainen and Buemi didn’t set a time in Q3. Nine drivers were demoted due to penalties, gear box changes or because they will start in a new chassis. Three red flags, two yellows (if I remember correctly) and a broadcast of over 90 minutes. Quite some stats!

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I’m pushing for a Vettel win. I’m not keen on Button, I think he’s an egotistical prat and if he wins will only escalate that ten fold. What’s FIA going to do about the bogus drive-through penalty for going 1.4km/h too fast in the pit lane that they handed Vettel in Singapore? His telemetry shows he wasn’t speeding, in fact, he was going under the speed limit.

He lost valuable points for that crap.

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well done Vettel. Rubens really has to watch his back or risk loosing second place on a track he really suffers at.

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vetel will win the race

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