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.
Webber claimed his 12th career pole position with a time of 1m30.915s, ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel.
The session also saw unusually close gaps, with the top six in less than half a second and top 10 less than a second
This year, Pirelli will take the two hardest compounds in the range: the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium.
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Tropical Storm DANAS is currently heading towards Japan and is expected to skirt the coastline over the next few days.
A promising Friday
Both drivers had a solid start and drove a good race with a lot of midfield battles taking place.
Romain Grosjean qualified P4 with team-mate Kimi Räikkönen P9 ahead of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
Nico Hulkenberg: "I am going [to Suzuka] in a very optimistic mood.”
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."