Saturday, Lewis Hamilton in his Silver Arrow secured the Pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang
The world champion driver for MercedesAMG clocked the fastest lap ever recorded at the 5.543km circuit in 1min 32.850sec.
His quickest drive eclipsed the Pole position lap record for Sepang set by Juan-Pablo Montoya in Y 2004.
But Mr. Hamilton still reckoned it was not perfect despite being more than 4/10 sec faster than Mercedes rival and championship leader Nico Rosberg.
“I really enjoyed the lap. But it could have been faster,” he said.
It is a welcome return to form for the 3X world champion after his MercedesAMG teammate won the last 3 races to open up an 8-point title race lead.
“This is definitely the best the car has been here,” Mr. Hamilton told reporters in the paddock.
Mr. Rosberg’s best lap was hampered by a slide at the remodelled final hairpin turn.
“Lewis’s lap was very quick so it was always going to be difficult,” said Mr. Rosberg. “I would have been close, but unfortunately I made a mistake in the last corner.”
3rd on the grid will be Red Bull teen driver Max Verstappen, who celebrated turning 19 Friday before clocking 1:33.420 a day later, less than 0.2sec off the pace of Nico Rosberg.
“The whole weekend has been quite positive for me, we made some changes after Singapore that worked,” said young Mr. Verstappen.
Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo completes the 2nd row of the grid for Sunday’s race.
Next comes the Ferrari of 4X Malaysia winner Sebastian Vettel and his Prancing Horse teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Just 2/10’s sec separated the best lap times of the Red Bulls and Ferraris making for an super battle in Sunday’s race on a high-speed circuit that provides ample opportunities for overtaking.
Race Date: Sunday, 2 October
Race Time: 8;00a. BST/3:00a EDT
TV: Sky Sports F1, NBC
Have a terrific weekend.