Webber in great position after qualifying second for Suzuka Grand Prix behind teammate Seb Vettel to leave boss purring

Thumbs up: Mark Webber will be happy with his weekend so far in Suzuka
Thumbs up: Mark Webber will be happy with his weekend so far in Suzuka

After topping the timesheets in practice, Mark Webber has qualified second on the grid for Sunday’s Suzuka Grand Prix to complete a Red Bull front row, much to the delight of team boss Christian Horner.

Vettel took his fourth pole in a row with a time of 1min 30.839secs and Aston Clinton’s most famous motorist Webber was not far behind clocking in just 0.251secs later.

It sealed a qualifying one-two for the Milton Keynes-based team, to leave Horner buzzing.

He told Sky Sports: “It is a tremendous team result.

“To lockout the front row and take our fourth pole in a row at this track it is a great result It is a great team performance to have both Seb and Mark up there, in fact they were both going quicker when the yellow flags came out on the last lap, so it was a shame in some respects not to see the final outcome.

“The drivers and their cars have been in total harmony all day, they have great confidence in the car around here. I think we were very competitive today, but there were a lot of drivers out there who qualified on scrubbed tyres. We got through qualifying only having used just one set of the soft tyres and that gives us that banker lap in the first few minutes of qualifying.

“It is important we convert these really encouraging grid slots into good points.”

As a matter of fact:

- Mark first became aware of Suzuka while watching the Aussie motorcycling greats of the ’80s competing in the Suzuka 8 Hours.

- Mark won his first race at Suzuka in 1998, when he took victory in the 1,000km sportscar race with Bernd Schneider for Mercedes Benz.

- Prior to Mark’s second place finish in the 2010 Japanese Grand Prix, his best F1 result at Suzuka was fifth, for Williams in 2005.

- Suzuka Circuit is the only F1 track on the 2012 calendar to be owned by a car company. Honda built it in 1962 as a test track for its road cars and motorbikes.

- Suzuka is the only F1 track to run in a figure-of-eight. It has 10 right-handers and eight left-handers.