Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix, his 27th in total, 12th of 2011.
It was more difficult than the majority of pole positions have been for him this season, with McLaren arguably having the quicker car. Jenson Button finished 2nd, just 0.009 away from the German. Lewis Hamilton once again was involved in something he shouldn't have been, his final out lap too slow meaning he didn't get a chance to beat Vettel's time. Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher were also caught up in this. It's yet another mistake in a long line of them for Hamilton and his side of the garage this year.
Races have often shown that McLaren have better race pace than qualifying pace, and with a fired up Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, I think money should be on them to win the race.
Brazilian Felipe Massa had another strong showing, outqualifying his team mate Alonso but if past form is anything to go by then Alonso will finish ahead of them, with Webber once again a long way behind his world champion team mate.
Barring any mechanical failure tomorrow, Sebastian Vettel will seal the 2011 title and become a 2-time champion.
Maybe that will impact Hamilton again next season, who sees himself as the best driver in Formula 1.