Sebastian Vettel took pole position by nearly a second on a drying track in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. With the circuit improving moment by moment in the final part of Q3, Vettel made great use of a fresh set of intermediates to lap in 1m49.674s for Red Bull.
Kimi Raikkonen has been given a three-place grid penalty for impeding Nico Rosberg in Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying.
The Australian GP winner had been seventh fastest in the rain-affected Sepang qualifying session.
But his Lotus will now start 10th after he was adjudged to have blocking Rosberg’s Mercedes at Turn 14.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m49.674s 2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m50.587s + 0.913s 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m50.727s + 1.053s 4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m51.699s + 2.025s 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m52.244s + 2.570s 6. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m52.519s + 2.845s 7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m52.970s + 3.296s 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m53.175s + 3.501s 9. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m53.439s + 3.765s 10. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m54.136s + 4.462s Q2 cut-off time: 1m37.342s Gap ** 11. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.636s + 1.446s 12. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.125s + 1.935s 13. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.822s + 2.632s 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.221s + 3.031s 15. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m44.509s + 8.319s 16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault no time Q1 cut-off time: 1m37.931s Gap * 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.157s + 1.348s 18. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m38.207s + 1.398s 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m38.434s + 1.625s 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m39.314s + 2.505s 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.672s + 2.863s 22. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m39.932s + 3.123s
Kimi Raikkonen – 7th: “We weren’t quick enough on the intermediates so I don’t think we could have found much more time in the wet today. For sure I wanted more but it is what it is and I hope we’ll do better on Sunday. It’s obviously disappointing to lose three places on the grid, but we’ll have to see what happens in the race. I have no idea what the weather will do, but it will be the same for everyone.”
Romain Grosjean – 11th: “The car felt better today for sure and we were looking good after free practice earlier this afternoon. We should have easily had both cars in the top ten, but unfortunately the skies opened at just the wrong time for me. My first run in Q2 was on scrubbed tyres and then as soon as we came in to fit the new ones it started raining, so for now they stay new. It’s a shame but there’s a long race ahead of us tomorrow and we now have extra sets of fresh dry tyres in our pocket so hopefully we can use them well.”