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Buemi exits early in Japanese GP qualifying

Sebastien Buemi joined the six expected casualties in opening qualifying at Suzuka, while namesake Sebastian Vettel set the pace.
Sebastien Buemi was the first major casualty of the postponed qualifying session for this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix, joining the three newcomers teams in dropping out at the first hurdle.

The Swiss youngster has shown flashes of pace at Suzuka, but failed to improve on either of his last two flying laps in the 20-minute opening session and joined the pairings from Lotus, Virgin and HRT in the bottom seven as the F1 field reconvened for Sunday morning qualifying for the first time in six years. Buemi, who may have cause to claim that he was hampered on his penultimate lap, ended the session a tenth shy of Toro Rosso team-mate Jaime Alguersuari, but almost two seconds clear of Lotus' Jarno Trulli, who claimed the new team 'pole' in 19th position.

A green track, washed clean by the torrential rain that blighted Saturday's schedule, ensured that the top of the table changed continually through the session, with Williams team-mates Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello holding sway on a couple of occasions before Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull Racing the honours. Hulkenberg remained second fastest, ahead of Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, Barrichello and Mark Webber.



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(L to R): The Cepsa Vice President of Marketing; Max Verstappen (NLD) Scuderia Toro Rosso; Franz Tost (AUT) Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal; and Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso, at the Scuderia Toro Rosso STR10 unveiling.
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