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Webber says pole 'a little bit hollow'

ESPN Staff
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Mark Webber took his first pole position of the season in Japan © Sutton Images
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Mark Webber believes his pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix is "a little bit hollow" due to Sebastian Vettel's problems.

Vettel had a KERS failure at the start of Q3 and had to complete the whole session without it. On his first run he was 0.3s off Webber and eventually he qualified in second place - 0.174s slower than his team-mate - to ensure Red Bull locked out the front row. Webber called Vettel's fastest lap "phenomenal" and admitted the KERS issues took the gloss off his own performance.

"In general it was pretty good; Sebastian had a problem in qualifying so it's a little bit of a hollow pole position if you like because he still did a phenomenal lap," Webber said. "But I'm happy to be on pole. You've got to grab the opportunities when you can and still put the laps in."

Reflecting on his final qualifying session at Suzuka in Formula One, Webber said it had been a memorable experience.

"It's a very, very nice farewell for me to have pole here on my last attempt at Suzuka on a really phenomenal circuit. I'll never forget the first sector today, that's what us guys strive for and our profession is all about that so it's a real highlight I suppose for a lot of us today."