Lewis Hamilton, in a rain-soaked qualifying session, claims pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. Having converted his last seven pole positions into wins, the 2014 champion looks to be int eh best possible place for another win on Sunday but niggles and reliability issues on Friday have the man who will start next to Lewis wondering if there isn’t chance.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel got the timing right as rain fell in Q2 rendering the session frozen as to besting previous banker laps and this caught Kimi Raikkonen out as he was stymied by traffic in the h form of a Q3 qualifying Marcus Ericsson. The Finn will start 11th on Sunday.
For Vettel, splitting the Mercedes duo is a big achievement as Nico Rosberg says he didn’t drive well enough to get to pole or in second place. Ferrari have been raising a few eyebrows this weekend with their pace. It seems that even int eh wet, the Scuderia were able to at least place int eh same postal code as the Merc’s and that’s a big opportunity as we saw last year when Red Bull where the best of the rest claiming a few wins on the year when Merc faltered.
The grid was also punctuated by the performance of Max Verstappen who bested both Williams cars as well as the Lotus of Romain Grosjean. Both Ericsson and Verstappen besting their teammates comprehensively.
For McLaren, it’s a continuing test program and Alonso has made that comment several times this weekend. What seemed to be 4-6 seconds off the pace of Mercedes in Australia has apparently reduced to around 2 seconds and even though the cars are at the back of the grid, that’s a very big jump in performance.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m51.541s||1.707s|
|5||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m51.950s||2.116s|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m51.980s||2.146s|
|13||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.022s||–|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m43.468s||–|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m43.700s||–|