• Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying

Risk-averse Webber hoping for clean race

ESPNF1 Staff
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Mark Webber after qualifying © Getty Images

Championship leader Mark Webber will take a cautious approach to the Japanese Grand Prix to make sure he maximises his position in the title race.

Webber qualified second behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel on Sunday morning ahead of the race. The two Red Bulls were the class of the field and, with Robert Kubica starting from third, could have the race sewn up with a clean first lap.

"Today is another chance to put some good points on the board but also when you're racing there is chance to lose some as well," Webber said. "We've seen in the past that it can go up and down a little bit, so let's hope we can get a very good result today and the others look after themselves as they always do."

He said he had got close to Vettel but was not too worried about conceding the front row to his team-mate.

"It was a good battle with Seb, whatever it was [that split us] a tenth or less. The car worked well in qualifying and we'll be pretty strong today. Starting from the front row is not a bad way to start our day. It's a pretty condensed programme today, the important part is to come and I'm looking forward to it."