Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Vettel on pole after mixed weather conditions in qualifying

Sebastian Vettel took pole for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix beating Felipe Massa to the top spot.

Vettel was just under one second faster than Massa during the wet Q3 session that saw all drivers set times on the intermediate tyres.

Massa’s strong time saw him qualify ahead of teammate Fernando Alonso for the fourth straight race. Alonso will start tomorrow’s race from third.

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’r race from fourth ahead of Mark Webber who was some way off the pace of his teammate.

Nico Rosberg set the sixth fastest time in the second Mercedes ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who set the seventh fastest time but will start tomorrow’s race from 10th after a three place grid penalty for impeding Rosberg.

McLaren’s Jenson Button will start from seventh after Raikkonen’s penalty, showing the McLaren to look better in the wet conditions.

Adrian Sutil made Q3 after setting the pace in Q1 and the fifth fastest time in Q2. He set the ninth fastest time but will start from eighth following Raikkonen’s penalty.

Behind him Sergio Perez made Q3 for the first time in his McLaren career and will start from ninth.

The rain in Q2 caught out a number of drivers who found themselves unable to make Q3.

Romain Grosjean lost out setting the 11th fastest time and Nico Hulkenberg the 12th fastest after the teams weather telemetry made them unaware of the approaching rain.

Daniel Ricciardo was 13th for Toro Rosso and Esteban Gutierrez 14th in the second Sauber.

The biggest loser of Q2 was Paul di Resta. The Force India team were not expecting the rain and abandoned his initial lap in the dry running leaving him only to set a time as the rain began to fall.

Behind him Pastor Maldonado starts from 16th and Jean-Eric Vergne from 17th after failing to make Q2.

Valtteri Bottas set the 18th fastest time ahead of Jules Bianch, Charles Pic, Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde.

The race is at 8am UK time. Full coverage of the race can be seen on Sky Sports F1. Extended highlights of the race are on BBC One at 2pm.


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