Japanese Grand Prix qualifying: yep, you guessed it

Having qualified on pole position for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel now looks virtually certain to become Formula One’s youngest ever double world champion. Jenson Button was just a hundredth of a second behind, with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa filling out the second row. Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber will be none too pleased with fifth and sixth, while Kamui Kobayashi gave the Suzuka crowds something to cheer about by sticking his Sauber on seventh. Michael Schumacher, Bruno Senna and Vitaly Petrov also made the top ten.

Couldn’t be more straightforward really, could it? Providing nobody tries anything rash at the first corner, we reckon they’ll be lasering Vettel’s name onto the trophy by lap ten. Still, while it’s looking cut and dried right at the front, further down the field there’s a few interesting battles to look out for. First up, Hamilton vs Massa – the man who enjoyed a little spat in front of the world’s media after their coming together last time out in Singapore.  Senna vs Petrov could also be a fascinating fight, especially considering that neither driver has yet to establish themselves as the team’s number one.

So here’s how they line up for tomorrow’s race. If you’re not a big fan of the German national anthem, we wouldn’t bother tuning in.

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Jenson Button
3. Lewis Hamilton
4. Felipe Massa
5. Fernando Alonso
6. Mark Webber
7. Kamui Kobayashi
8. Michael Schumacher
9. Bruno Senna
10. Vitaly Petrov
11. Adrian Sutil
12. Paul Di Resta
13. Rubens Barrichello
14. Pastor Maldonado
15. Sebastien Buemi
16. Jaime Alguersuari
17. Sergio Perez
18. Heikki Kovalainen
19. Jarno Trulli
20. Jerome d’Ambrosio
21. Timo Glock
22. Daniel Ricciardo
23. Nico Rosberg
24. Vitantonio Liuzzi

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