Lewis Hamilton says he won't dwell on whether he could have snatched pole position from Nico Rosberg for the Japanese Grand Prix had he been able to complete his second flying lap, saying he is simply happy to be up at the front of the field again.

A week on from its performance slump in Singapore, Mercedes were back to form in qualifying at the Suzuka Circuit, with Rosberg and Hamilton comfortably faster than the opposition despite a lack of dry mileage this weekend.

Leading to a familiar duel between the two Mercedes drivers for pole position, Rosberg drew first blood by getting the better of Hamilton on the first run after the championship leader locked up and lost time into the hairpin.

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However, with Daniil Kvyat's large shunt towards the end of the session preventing any driver from completing their second flier, Hamilton had no opportunity to respond, leaving him second behind his team-mate.

Indeed, Hamilton says he was feeling good for his second lap, but insists he is otherwise pleased to see Mercedes back to form after its much discussed issues in Singapore.

"It doesn't really matter but the second lap was looking good," he said. "On the first lap I lost a bit of time in Turn 11 and I think the last corner. Nico is driving well this weekend but I definitely felt pretty good on that last lap. But I'm glad Kvyat is safe."

"The guys worked incredibly hard to try and understand last week and it's great to be back up here. It's very strange obviously when you see the pace of some of the people behind but definitely the car feels quite normal this weekend which is great to see."