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Vettel eases to Malaysia pole as showers hit
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 09:16 by TF1T Staff
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Sebastian Vettel will start the Malaysian Grand Prix in pole position after a stunning lap in drying conditions put him almost a second ahead of his nearest rivals.
The Red Bull driver timed his final flying lap perfectly as a late rain shower eased off in the closing minutes to give the late runners a chance to improve their times.
Felipe Massa will start second for Ferrari. It's the first time the Brazilian has started on the front-row since Bahrain 2010. His team-mate Fernando Alonso starts third - the first time he has been outqualified by a team-mate in Malaysia since the 2006 race.
Lewis Hamilton, who had secured provisional pole, starts fourth for Mercedes ahead of Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg.
Kimi Raikkonen will start in the same position he did in Australia - a race he won from seventh on the grid.
Both McLarens made it through to Q3, with Jenson Button starting eighth and Sergio Perez tenth. The Force India of Adrian Sutil splitting them.
Paul di Resta left his flying lap during Q2 too late and was caught out by a quick shower. His first attempt was compromised with an off at turn seven before a second attempt was ruined by a spin at the same corner. He starts 11th.
Q2 was a case of drivers not going out early enough to miss the rain.
Meanwhile Jules Bianchi was once again the top ranked driver amongst the new teams, Marussia and Caterham.
Qualifying - 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix
# Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 01 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:37.899 1:37.245 1:49.674 05 M. Webber Red Bull 1:37.619 1:36.449 1:52.244 08 J. Button McLaren 1:37.487 1:37.117 1:53.175 10 S. Perez McLaren 1:37.702 1:37.342 1:54.136 11 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:37.363 1:37.636 06 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.239 1:36.190 1:52.519 03 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.314 1:36.877 1:50.727 07 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:36.959 1:36.640 1:52.970 04 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.513 1:36.517 1:51.699 12 N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:37.931 1:38.125 02 F. Massa Ferrari 1:37.712 1:36.874 1:50.587 15 P. di Resta Force India 1:37.493 1:44.509 09 A. Sutil Force India 1:36.809 1:36.834 1:53.439 18 V. Bottas Williams 1:38.207 17 J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:38.157 13 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:37.722 1:38.822 16 P. Maldonado Williams 1:37.867 14 E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:37.707 1:39.221 19 J. Bianchi Marussia 1:38.434 21 M. Chilton Marussia 1:39.672 22 G. van der Garde Caterham 1:39.932 20 C. Pic Caterham 1:39.314 Q1 107% Time: 1:43.585
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