Japanese GP
Oct 12

F1: Live Updates! Saturday Japanese GP Coverage

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber captured pole for Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Red Bull Racing’s captured the pole for Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Welcome to SPEED.com’s Live blog from Circuit in , Japan. Stay tuned throughout the day as we bring you post-qualifying updates.

Webber Reflects On ‘Hollow’ Suzuka Pole

Mark Webber looks at data prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber looks at data prior to qualifying. (Photo: Getty Images)

Mark Webber secured his first pole of 2013 at Suzuka, but the Aussie admitted that the achievement was a little hollow given that his teammate had some bad luck.

The German had a KERS problems in Q3, but managed to give Webber a run for his money and take second place.

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Oct 12

F1: Alonso Shifting Focus To Constructors’ Battle

Ferrari and Mercedes are separated by just one point in the constructors' championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

and are separated by just one point in the constructors’ championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari driver says keeping the 2013 Formula One title chase alive will not be his top priority in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Championship leader would clinch his fourth straight title on Sunday if the Red Bull driver wins and Alonso, his closest rival, finishes ninth or worse.

However, Alonso said he is more concerned with the race for the constructors’ championship. Ferrari has 284 points, just one ahead of Mercedes with five races left.

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Oct 12

F1: Webber On Pole For Japanese Grand Prix

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Red Bull driver claimed pole position on Saturday for the Japanese Grand Prix, qualifying ahead of his teammate and runaway championship leader for the first time this season.

Webber clocked a time of 1 minute, 30.975 seconds at the circuit, with Vettel just under two-tenths of a second behind in second place after struggling with his KERS power-boost system.

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Oct 11

F1: Teams And Drivers Pay Tribute To ‘Inspirational’ Maria De Villota

Maria de Villota was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

was known for her courage, strength and determination. (Photo: Getty Images)

The community pays its respects to Maria de Villota, who passed away Friday morning at the age of 33.

Her family led the tribute, stating: “Dear friends. Maria has left us. She had to go to heaven like all angels.

“We are thankful to God for the extra year and a half that he left her with us,” the de Villota family said, referencing a 2012 testing crash which left her with severe head injuries and resulted in the loss of her right eye.

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Oct 11

F1: Raikkonen Upbeat On Suzuka Prospects

Kimi Raikkonen chats with media members. (Photo: Getty Images)

chats with media members. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen had an encouraging Friday in – despite ending Free Practice Two beached in a gravel trap after a high-speed spin at the Dunlop Curve.

Raikkonen, who crashed on Friday in Korea, had already set the time that secured him fourth place in the session, some 0.350s off pacesetter .

“It’s been better, or more my liking here, at least today, than it’s been the last few races,” he said. “Especially in one lap, so that’s a good thing. Obviously, tomorrow is a new day and it might be a completely different story. But not too bad.”

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