Neither David Coulthard or Mark Webber were able to find enough time on their final runs of second qualifying to make it into the top ten places on the grid for the Japanese Grand Prix..
While sister team Toro Rosso again got both Sebastian Vettel and Sebastien Bourdais through to the final shoot-out, Coulthard and Webber came up short on their last-ditch attempts to join them, ending the 15-minute second phase eleventh and 13th respectively.
Strangely, the duo were not alone, as none of the five drivers in the bottom five spots with four minutes remaining made it through, and only Robert Kubica of those in the drop zone at the halfway point escaping. Coulthard and Webber sandwiched Nelson Piquet Jr, with the two Williams-Toyotas of Kazuki Nakajima and Nico Rosberg bringing up the rear.
Felipe Massa pushed Ferrari to the top of the time with the fastest lap of the weekend so far. The Brazilian clocked a 1min 17.287secs effort that proved just good enough to head off the McLarens of Heikki Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton, who all felt no need to run in the final minutes. Hamilton, too, posted his time with just one run, giving himself more ammunition for the top ten shoot-out and the race on Sunday.
The Toyotas of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock rounded out the top five, with Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Kubica and Bourdais making the cut.