Lewis Hamilton claims pole position at the Malaysia GP with Sebastian Vettel in second place

CBLYWTnXIAAyH7rLewis Hamilton claimed his and Mercedes’ second pole of the season after denying Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in a dramatic and rain-hit qualifying session in Malaysia on Saturday evening.

A massive downpour hit mid-way through Q2, causing several delays to the final shootout for pole. When it did get underway, Hamilton hit the front immediately with an imperious lap that would ultimately prove enough to secure pole.

It was mightily close however, as Vettel improved at the close to get within 0.074s of the lead Silver Arrows. His gain was Nico Rosberg’s loss: the German was unable to improve on his own flyer and had to settle for third, alongside Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

The Australian’s team mate Daniil Kvyat was fifth, and will therefore share the third row of the grid with Toro Rosso’s teenage rookie Max Verstappen.

Malaysia Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:39.269 1:41.517 1:49.834 Leader 12
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:39.814 1:39.632 1:49.908 -0.074 12
3 6 Nico Roseberg 1:39.374 1:39.377 1:50.299 -0.391 12
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:40.504 1:41.085 1:51.541 -1.242 15
5 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:40.546 1:41.665 1:51.951 -0.410 15
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:40.793 1:41.430 1:51.981 -0.030 15
7 19 Felipe Massa 1:40.543 1:41.230 1:52.473 -0.492 16
8 8 Romain Grojean 1:40.303 1:41.209 1:52.981 -0.508 17
9 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:40.249 1:40.650 1:53.179 -0.198 13
10 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:40.340 1:41.748 1:53.261 -0.082 17
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:40.415 1:42.173 Eliminated 11.088 7
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:40.361 1:42.198 Eliminated -0.025 11
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:40.830 1:43.023 Eliminated -0.825 9
14 11 Sergio Perez 1:41.036 1:43.469 Eliminated -0.446 11
15 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:39.814 1:43.701 Eliminated -0.232 9
16 12 Felipe Nasr 1:41.308 Eliminated 2.393 7
17 22 Jenson Button 1:41.636 Eliminated -0.328 8
18 14 Fernando Alonso 1:41.746 Eliminated -0.110 8
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:46.677 Eliminated -4.931 7
20 28 Will Stevens 0:00.000 Eliminated -1:46.677 0

 

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