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Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix from pole after mastering the wet conditions in qualifying.
Hamilton’s pole position means that he has equalled the British record for the number of pole positions, which currently stands at 33.
The Brit will start the race alongside current World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, in a Red Bull that looked much more competitive in the wet conditions.
Had Vettel not made a timing error in Q3 he could have found himself on pole.
Nico Rosberg could only manage third place after he was unable to produce a clean lap in Q3. He will start alongside Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso who recovered well after being hit in Q2 by Daniil Kvyat.
Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen complete the top six ahead of Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen.
Jenson Button rounds off the top 10 after his McLaren team made a strategic error by sending him out on Intermediate tyres in the hope that the track would dry out.
The beginning of qualifying was delayed by almost an hour as a tropical monsoon hit the Sepang circuit.
Once Q1 got underway most of the teams went with the intermediate tyres apart from the McLaren’s, who chose to go out on full wets.
Mercedes soon asserted their predicted dominance and were over two-seconds clear of the chasing pack.
The session was brought to a premature end when Caterham driver, Marcus Ericsson, suffered from a huge crash coming out of turn three. The rookie actually managed to spin and slide all the way down to the breaking point for turn four.
The rain started to fall once again at the start of Q2 and visibility was becoming an issue for all of the drivers.
This inevitably caused a collision when Kvyat hit a slow-moving Ferrari driven by Alonso at turn nine. The young Russian had to lunge down the inside in order to miss the Ferrari but Alonso turned tight into the corner leading to contact between the two.
The incident is currently under investigation by the stewards.
Both of the Williams drivers failed to make it out of Q2 after staying out on the intermediate tyres for too long meaning that for the second race running they will start well down the order.
The track was quite wet going into the final session and all of the teams went out on full wet tyres apart from McLaren.
Magnussen soon switched to full wets but McLaren decided to keep button out on the intermediates in the hope that the track would dry out quite quickly.
This was not the case though and button was unable to improve on 10th position.
Back at the front Vettel had put in a great lap time and was only 0.055 off the pace set by Hamilton. It was looking like we were about to have a showdown for pole position between the two.
This never happened though as Vettel slowed down too much to allow himself a clear track and failed to cross the finish line before the timer had run out.
This allowed Hamilton to remain on pole, although he did not improve on his personal best lap-time of 1:59.431.
Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying Results