"It's a great track, we really enjoy driving here," BBC Sport quotes him as saying. "Sebastian had a problem so it's a bit of a hollow pole but you have to grab the opportunities when you can.
"We did the laps when they counted, and it's a very nice farewell for me on my final time here at Suzuka and on a phenomenal circuit.
"It was a real highlight for me. I think in general we've got a good car for the race."
Webber is currently fifth in the drivers' rankings.