Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber swapped their starting places at the and of the race, finishing first and second respectively.
This year, Pirelli will take the two hardest compounds in the range: the P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium.
The session also saw unusually close gaps, with the top six in less than half a second and top 10 less than a second
Nico Hulkenberg: "I am going [to Suzuka] in a very optimistic mood.”
Webber claimed his 12th career pole position with a time of 1m30.915s, ahead of his team mate Sebastian Vettel.
Mark Webber posted the best time in today's qualifying at Suzuka while Sebastian Vettel suffered KERS issue but placed his RB9 2nd.
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“It’s going to be a tough race – but that’s why we enjoy this sport”
Kimi Räikkönen set the fourth fastest and Romain Grosjean the fifth fastest time on the first day of practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton completed the first two practice sessions at Suzuka today for the Japanese Grand Prix.
A promising Friday
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."
Both drivers had a solid start and drove a good race with a lot of midfield battles taking place.