Red Bull’;s Sebastian Vettel will join Hamilton on the front row
By: Adam Cooper on March 29, 2014
LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC – Lewis Hamilton won the pole for Sunday’;s race in Malaysia on Saturday.
Not unexpectedly, rain added an added dimension in Formula One particular qualifying in Malaysia, and Lewis Hamilton manufactured the best of the tricky situations to secure the 33rd pole of his job – tying the record for a British driver, hitherto held by Jim Clark.
Hefty late afternoon rain came down in the hour prior to qualifying, and soon after a series of delays the session acquired underway 50 minutes late. Nonetheless the puddles disappeared so speedily that virtually everybody went straight out on intermediates, with only the McLarens going with full wets. That proved to be a incorrect decision and Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen had been both soon back in for a modify.
The Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Hamilton set the prime 2 times on their first laps and thereafter every person else was left trying to keep up. Sebastian Vettel – who misplaced time with a battery concern that required a set-up – worked his way up to third. The session was red flagged 35s early soon after a crash for Caterham rookie Marcus Ericsson.
People who misplaced out have been led by Pastor Maldonado in 17th, ahead of Adrian Sutil. The weather didn’;t do nay favors for Marussia and Caterham so it was the usual 4 autos at the bottom of the checklist, with Jules Bianchi ahead of Kamui Kobayashi, Max Chilton and Ericsson.
The rain returned just before the begin of Q2, so most drivers went out on total wet tires in the trickier circumstances. However the session was red flagged nearly right away right after Daniil Kvyat collided with Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard suffered broken front suspension, but the group did a exceptional job to correct the car and get him out for the restart.
Hamilton topped the instances, though this time Vettel split the 2 Mercs to come in 2nd. Kevin Magnussen was lucky to escape from the gravel soon after a spin at the last corner, and the Dane received safely via.
Individuals who missed out were led by Kvyat, who was bumped down to 11th at the final 2nd. Esteban Gutierrez starts 12th, while Felipe Massa earned 13th right after a aggravating session for Williams that saw the staff erroneously focus at first on intermediates, rather than complete wets. The other folks to miss out on Q3 have been Sergio Perez, Valtteri Bottas, and the troubled Romain Grosjean.
The third and crucial session once more noticed complete wet tires as the excellent option. Hamilton went top after the very first laps, and possessing enhanced his time he was even now there at the finish. Even so, he lower it fine, as Vettel came close to beating him.
Rosberg, consistently edged out by his teammate in the wettest problems, had to settle for third. Alonso did an impressive job to repay his mechanics by taking 4th, despite his suspension being a minor out of kilter right after his bump with Kvyat.
Daniel Ricciardo backed up his staff mate with a reliable fifth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari. Nico Hulkenberg when once more showed good moist type for Force India as he took 6th, ahead of Magnussen and Jean-Eric Vergne. Button stayed on inters throughout and it proved to be a poor option as he was left stranded in 10th and effectively off the pace.
Rain is most likely to return on Sunday afternoon, and the Hamilton-Vettel front row seems to be set to give us an entertaining contest, even though safety vehicle interventions are likely to interrupt the action.
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