Two heavy accidents caused the second phase of qualifying at Suzuka to be interrupted by red flags, and the disruption proved too much for Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg and Robert Kubica who succumbed in what turned into a one-run lottery.

Only Kimi Raikkonen had managed a flying lap by the time Jaime Alguersuari joined the list of victims claimed by the Degner Curves, and only Jarno Trulli had a chance to rival the Finn when Toyota team-mate ploughed off at the final corner while on course to go to the top of the times.

Alguersuari emerged unscathed from his impact, caused by his Toro Rosso putting its left-hand wheels off the road on approach, but Glock was taken to hospital with what was reported as a 'leg wound', adding to the fever he was already suffering with.

The interruptions cost several drivers their initial runs, leaving them with the pressure of having to get things right first time. Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were among those out early enough to make their runs last two laps, and they ended up at the top of the times, with the German again leading the way. Jarno Trulli also made it through comfortably but, with four minutes to go, there were only four flying laps on the board and, with the chequered flag flying, six drivers still had to set a time.

Sebastien Buemi again starred by vaulting his Toro Rosso into P4, but later caused further headaches by wiping the nose of his car against the 130R barrier and leaving debris across the track as the latecomers tried to compelte their runs.

Both Brawns went through the yellow flag zone, dodging the stricken front wing, but posted fourth and fifth fastest times to provisionally make the cut. They will be joined in Q3 - unless the stewards intervene - by Nick Heidfeld and Adrian Sutil, while Rosberg, Alonso and Kubica joined Glock and Alguersuari on the sidelines.