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F1 Sepang: Hamilton, Vettel in 1st Row For Malaysian Grand Prix

Posted by: : Paul EbelingPosted on: March 28, 2015 F1 Sepang: Hamilton, Vettel in 1st Row For Malaysian Grand Prix

F1 Sepang: Hamilton, Vettel in 1st Row For Malaysian Grand Prix

F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton took the pole during a rain-soaked Sepang circuit for Mercedes in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying Saturday.

Mr. Hamilton, 30 anni, had to fight his way through traffic just to make the final cut in the 2nd of the 3 phases to garner the 40th Pole of his career.

Mr. Hamilton clocked 1 min 49.834 secs on his 1st lap of the final run, and the time resisted all challengers, including Sebastian Vettel, 27 anni, who proved Ferrari’s impressive early-season form was no fluke with a solid 2nd place.

“I think the 1st lap was good, it is always difficult in conditions like that and not one of us have driven in the wet this weekend,” Mr. Hamilton said.


4X World Champion Vettel backed up his 3rd place finish in Australia with a super final lap to trail Mr. Hamilton by just 0.074 secs.

Mr. Vettel not only broke the Mercedes stranglehold in qualifying by beating Nico Rosberg, but became the 1st Ferrari driver to sit on the front row since Felipe Massa at the same circuit in Y 2013.

“It was an interesting qualifying session, the car felt good in both conditions and the car looked good on long runs in practice. We will see what we can do tomorrow,” said Mr. Vettel.

Mr. Rosberg will be joined on the 2nd row by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after a tropical downpour early in the 2nd session forced the drivers to wait in the garage for 35 mins before the track was safe enough to go out again.

Daniil Kvyat will start in 5th place in the other Red Bull with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, 17 anni, joining the Russian on the 3rd row following another impressive afternoon.

Fernando Alonso’s return to action following a pre-season testing crash saw him qualify in 18th place, 1 position behind team mate Jenson Button as both drivers struggled for pace in the Honda-powered McLarens.

“Our form today was not unexpected but I think our performance so far this weekend has maybe been better than I would have anticipated before arriving here,” said Mr. Alonso.

Final Positions after Qualifying

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1: 49.834sec; 2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:49.908; 3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:50.299; 4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:51.541; 5 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:51.951; 6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:51.981; 7 Felipe MassaWilliams 1:52.473; 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:52.981; 9 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:53.179; 10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:53.261; 11 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:42.173; 12 Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team 1:42.198; 13 Nico HülkenbergForce India 1:43.023; 14 Sergio Pérez Force India 1:43.469; 15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:43.701; 16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:41.308; 17 Jenson Button McLaren 1:41.636; 18 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:41.746; 19 Roberto Merhi Manor 1:46.677; 20 Will Stevens Manor No Time

Below are the start times for the Grand Prix race including where you can catch the action and race preview:

Date: Sunday, 29 March

Time: 2:00a. (EDT)/3:00p (Local) / 7:00 (BST)

TV Info:  NBCSN (US), Sky Sports F1 (UK)

Ferrari is a unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE:FCAU)

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