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Vettel thankful for dry qualifying

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Sebastina Vettel celebrates pole © Getty Images
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Sebastian Vettel was thankful for a dry for Sunday morning qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix, after he put his peerless Red Bull on pole.

Saturday qualifying was a complete washout so the session was postponed to Sunday morning when the track was dry. Vettel said the car worked particularly well and that was reassuring after the dramas of the day before.

"After yesterday with the horrible conditions we didn't know what to expect," he told BBC Sport. "We were thinking of a wet track but the sun was very strong from this morning so the track was dry and the car was fantastic around here, especially in sector one. All in all a good start to the day but obviously the race is to come.

He said he was positive for the race but was not about to do anything rash to try and close the 20-point deficit to team-mate Mark Webber in the championship.

"You don't think about failures when you go into the race, you go in positive," Vettel said. "We are here to enjoy it and I think we will have a nice race this afternoon, the car is all set and we didn't have any trouble, so we should be good.

"Championship wise it is important to finish ahead of all the other contenders. But we are here to race and we have a lot of races left so there is no need to panic now. We can only do our best and that is what we are here for."