Mark Webber took his first pole position since Korea 2012 after beating Sebastian Vettel in today's qualifying session in Japan.
Sebastian Vettel looked set to take his fifth straight pole position at Suzuka after dominating Q2, but the German driver was hit by KERS issue in the final leg of qualifying meaning his lap time was compromised heavily. In the end, the 26 year old managed a lap time of 1:31.089, two tenths slower than Webber's benchmark of 1:30.915.
Lewis Hamilton was the last person to cross the line and took third with 1:31.253. Romain Grosjean continued with his impressive form and aligned his Lotus alongside Hamilton in second row.
In the middle of Vettel-KERS drama, Massa's efforts went unnoticed despite locking his Ferrari in fifth. The Brazilian, who leaves Ferrari this year, was three tenths quicker than his teammate Fernando Alonso who was only eight fastest. The Spaniard will have to finish in at least eight to take the championship battle to India.
The two Nicos - Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg got sandwiched between the two Ferraris. The latter again made into Q3 and outqualified two world champions on his way to seventh on the grid.
Kimi Raikkonen's run of poor qualifying performances continued as he could only manage ninth on the grid while home favourite Jenson Button completed the top 10 for McLaren.
Sergio Perez and Paul di Resta narrowly missed out of Q3 as they will line their cars in 11th and 12th on tomorrow's grid. Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado could only manage 13th and 15th for Williams, while Esteban Gutierrez was 14th fastest in the second Sauber. Daniel Ricciardo failed to make it into Q3 for a second consecutive race and like in Korea, he would be disappointed with his results.
Earlier in Q3, Jean Eric Vergne brought the red flag in dying minutes of the session. Adrian Sutil was worst hit by this red flag as he failed to progress beyond Q1. He qualified in 17th place but will fell down the grid following a five place penalty for a change of gearbox.