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Vettel takes pole for Japanese GP

Updated: October 6, 2012, 7:21 AM ET
Associated Press

SUZUKA, Japan -- Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of teammate Mark Webber on Saturday.

Vettel, a two-time winner in Japan, secured his fourth consecutive pole at Suzuka and will be in a good position in Sunday's race to further erode the championship lead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.

"We had a very smooth qualifying session, nearly perfect," Vettel said. "The car felt perfect from the start. We didn't ...

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