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Qualifying results - Japan 2014 // Mercedes lead Williams as Red Bull drop back

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Rosberg is top dog at Mercedes on Saturday
Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas

The battle for pole position was only ever going to be between the Mercedes drivers, and this time it was Nico Rosberg who took top billing around the Suzuka track. Williams managed to lock out the second row with Valtteri Bottas pipping Felipe Massa by four tenths of a second.

Further back, the Red Bull team opted for a wet setup in preparation for the race tomorrow, which compromised their pace over one lap. They ran a risky game in the first session and just squeezed through, settling for rear top ten positions when qualifying came for a close.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.50613
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:32.70313
3Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:33.12816
4Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:33.52716
5Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:33.74016
6Daniel RicciardoInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:34.07517
7Kevin MagnussenMcLaren Mercedes1:34.24216
8Jenson ButtonMcLaren Mercedes1:34.31717
9Sebastian VettelInfiniti Red Bull Racing1:34.43217
10Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:34.54816
11Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:34.98414
12Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:35.08913
13Daniil KvyatScuderia Toro Rosso1:35.09213
14Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:35.09913
15Adrian SutilSauber F1 Team1:35.36414
16Esteban GutiérrezSauber F1 Team1:35.68114
17Pastor MaldonadoLotus F1 Team1:35.9179
18Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:35.98410
19Marcus EricssonCaterham F1 Team1:36.8136
20Jules BianchiMarussia F1 Team1:36.9438
21Kamui KobayashiCaterham F1 Team1:37.0159
22Max ChiltonMarussia F1 Team1:37.4818

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