It wasn’t a case of me betting against Red Bull but I simply felt the track profile at the Sepang Circuit for the Malaysian Grand Prix might favor the Ferrari’s. I was wrong.

While Mercede locked out the front row, I was expecting the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to lock row two but the duo locked row three instead and this was due to seriously quick Red Bull’s of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

The Force India team took the fourth row and with the new track surface in Sepang, the race could be interesting as rain is always a threat as well as heat.

Jenson Button will start his 300th career F1 race on Sunday from 9th place.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m32.850s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m33.264s 0.414s
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.420s 0.570s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m33.467s 0.617s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.584s 0.734s
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.632s 0.782s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.319s 1.469s
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m34.489s 1.639s
9 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m34.518s 1.668s
10 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.671s 1.821s
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m34.577s 1.727s
12 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.001s 2.151s
13 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m35.097s 2.247s
14 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m35.277s 2.427s
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.369s 2.519s
16 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m35.374s 2.524s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.816s 2.966s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.949s 3.099s
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m35.999s 3.149s
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m36.451s 3.601s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes

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The headline could read…Hamilton on pole, Rosberg P2 and Grosjean whining and berating his car and team again. I am for a complete new driver team.