Vettel grabs pole in Japan

Hamilton accuses German legend of dangerous driving; Vettel grabs pole

Lewis Hamilton described Michael Schumacher's driving at the end of Saturday's qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix as "dangerous" and "ridiculous" after the pair nearly collided before their final laps.

Mercedes' Michael Schumacher after Saturday's Japanese Grand
Prix qualifying at Suzuka Circuit (inset) Lewis Hamilton.
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The McLaren driver qualified third on the grid for Sunday's 53-lap race after topping the times in the second part of qualifying and after the first laps in the final 10-minute shootout for the top 10.

But he failed to start a second timed lap before the chequered flag after an incident with Mercedes driver Schumacher and Australian Mark Webber of Red Bull at the final chicane. 

 "I was entering the last corner, and Mark out of nowhere shot up the inside and nearly crashed with me, so I had to avoid him," he said.

"Michael was on the outside trying to do something -- I don't know what the hell he was doing -- and went off onto the grass.

It was the most ridiculous thing I've ever experienced at the beginning of qualifying, but that's motor racing. "I didn't see Michael, but he came past me and we nearly crashed to the left.

It was quite dangerous." Schumacher qualified seventh. Jenson Button qualified behind German teammate and pole-sitter Sebastian Vettel.

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