Mark Webber on Saturday admitted beating dominant teammate Sebastian Vettel to pole at Suzuka was "hollow". That's because world champion Vettel, who could win his fourth title on Sunday, struggled ...

Mark Webber on Saturday admitted beating dominant teammate Sebastian Vettel to pole at Suzuka was "hollow".

That's because world champion Vettel, who could win his fourth title on Sunday, struggled all day in Japan with a KERS problem.

"Unfortunately Seb didn't have KERS (for qualifying)," Red Bull team boss Christian Horner told the BBC, "so with that deficit to get on the front row was really a success."

Retiring Australian Webber, who has been outclassed by Vettel all season, agreed: "Sebastian had a problem so it's a bit of a hollow pole but you have to grab the opportunities when you can."

Vettel could win the championship on Sunday if he wins and Alonso is no better than ninth.

Spaniard Alonso looks set to play his part, as he has struggled all weekend in the Ferrari and qualified just eighth on Saturday.

"More or less I was eighth, ninth all weekend. It has not been a good weekend," he admitted.

But if Vettel's title depends on Webber moving over for the German, bearing in mind the 'Multi-21' affair of Malaysia, would the Australian play along?

"They (the drivers) will do the best they can for the team," boss Horner said coyly.

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.271 1:31.513 1:30.915 13
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:32.397 1:31.290 1:31.089 13
3 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32.340 1:31.636 1:31.253 17
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:31.824 1:31.565 1:31.365 21
5 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:31.994 1:31.668 1:31.378 17
6 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:32.244 1:31.764 1:31.397 17
7 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.465 1:31.848 1:31.644 19
8 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:32.371 1:31.828 1:31.665 16
9 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:32.377 1:31.662 1:31.684 19
10 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.606 1:31.838 1:31.827 15
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.718 1:31.989   16
12 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:32.286 1:31.992   15
13 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:32.613 1:32.013   14
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:32.673 1:32.063   15
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:32.875 1:32.093   15
16 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:32.804 1:32.485   11
17 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:32.890     10
18 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:33.357     6
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.320     8
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:34.556     8
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:34.879     9
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.958     5
    Q1 107% Time   1:38.251    

Note - Bianchi, Pic have 10-place grid penalties after accumulating three stewards' reprimands. Sutil has 5-place penalty for gearbox change

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