Mark Webber has come out on top after a very wet qualifying session for tomorrow’s Malaysian GP. Rain ‘blessed’ the session right from the beginning and things were even more difficult because the weather was constantly changing.
Changing track conditions during qualifying will usually mean mixed up final grid positions and this was evident today as both Ferraris and the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton failed to make it into Q2. Jenson Button officially made it into Q2 but was unable to take part in it and had to settle for 17th. The reigning World Champion spun his McLaren and parked it on the gravel trap. Virgin’s Lucas Di Grassi, Hispania’s Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok as well as Lotus Racing’s Jarno Trulli also failed to make the cut.
However both Heikki Kovalainen from Lotus and Timo Glock from Virgin made it into Q2. Renault’s Robert Kubica was fastest followed by Sauber’s Pedro de la Rosa and Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel. Vitaly Petrov of Renault, de la Rosa, Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso, Kovalainen, Glock and Button were casualties of Q2.
Vettel set the fastest time ahead of Kubica and Sutil in Q2. Red Bull’s Mark Webber as well as both the Mercedes drivers made it into Q3 as well. Just moments after the initiation of Q3, the session was red flagged as the conditions were considered dangerous. Nevertheless as conditions improved the session resumed, although it was still raining.
With about 7 minutes remaining the top ten raced to set their lap times. Webber managed to clinch pole position and shares the front row with Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. This is the team’s best qualifying result this season. Vettel will start from third ahead of Sutil and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg. The rest of the top ten was made up by Kubica, Barrichello, Schumacher, Kobayashi and Vitantonio Liuzzi from Force India.
Expect a very dramatic race tomorrow as rain is expected. Quicker cars including both the Ferraris and McLarens are expected to fight their way through the field which should be a spectacle to watch. We did see a red flag today but lets hope we won’t see any tomorrow!