Having beaten Seb Vettel for the first time in qualifying this season, Mark Webber concedes it was a bit "hollow" as his team-mate had car issues.
The Aussie was the man to beat in qualifying for the Japanese GP, setting the pace early in Q3.
As his rivals put in a last gasp attempts to knock him off his perch, Webber responded with a 1:30.915 thereby extending his advantage.
He finished 0.174s up on Vettel, who was hindered by KERS issues on Saturday.
"The laps weren't too bad to be honest, you always a little bit more here and there but in general it was pretty good," said Webber.
"Sebastian had a problem in qualifying so a little bit of a hollow, hollow, hollow pole position if you like but he still do a phenomenal lap.
"But I'm happy to be on pole. You have to grab the opportunities when you can and still put the laps in."
The P1 also marked Webber's first pole position at Suzuka, which he says is a fitting farewell to a track that he loves.
"It was a bit of a mixed session everyone was throwing Options and Primes all over the joint in Q2, people were on scrubbed and unscrubbed and it was a bit of a mixed session in terms of trying to predict who was showing their hand.
"But in the end we did the laps when they counted and that was what was important.
"Very nice farewell for me to have pole here on my last attempt at Suzuka on a really phenomenal circuit.
"I'll never forget the first sector here today, it's what us guys strive for."