Felipe Massa done a lap of 1.31.378, while Fernando Alonso did it in 1.31.665.
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber swapped their starting places at the and of the race, finishing first and second respectively.
Mark Webber posted the best time in today's qualifying at Suzuka while Sebastian Vettel suffered KERS issue but placed his RB9 2nd.
The session also saw unusually close gaps, with the top six in less than half a second and top 10 less than a second
Webber claimed his 12th career pole position with a time of 1m30.915s, ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel.
“It’s going to be a tough race – but that’s why we enjoy this sport”
Dr Vijay Mallya: "In Korea we could have had one or two cars in the battle for points that developed at the end of the race."
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completed the first two practice sessions at Suzuka today for the Japanese Grand Prix.
This year, Pirelli will take the two hardest compounds in the range: the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium.
Romain Grosjean qualified P4 with team-mate Kimi Räikkönen P9 ahead of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
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Tropical Storm DANAS is currently heading towards Japan and is expected to skirt the coastline over the next few days.