Hamilton takes pole in wet Malaysia qualifying

By on Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position during a qualifying session which was delayed by 50 minutes due to torrential rain in Malaysia.

Hamilton edged out Sebastian Vettel by 0.055s at a wet Sepang to clinch his second successive pole position.

Hamilton’s team-mate, Nico Rosberg, will start from third on the grid, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo.

Kimi Räikkönen was sixth for Ferrari, ahead of Nico Hülkenberg and Kevin Magnussen.

Jean-Éric Vergne progressed through to Q3 and will start from ninth, while Jenson Button opted to use Intermediates in the final session but could set only the tenth fastest time.

Q2 was stopped shortly into the session after contact between Daniil Kvyat and Alonso. The Russian driver tried to dive up the inside of Alonso into turn nine but made contact with the Ferrari, damaging the front suspension on the F14T. Ferrari was able to repair the damage during the brief stoppage.

Kvyat was narrowly eliminated and will start the race from 11th place, ahead of Esteban Gutiérrez and Felipe Massa.

Sergio Pérez was unable to improve during the final moments of the session and will start from 14th, while Williams’s gamble on Intermediate tyres early on in Q2 failed to pay off, forcing Valtteri Bottas onto the wets late on, from which he could muster only 15th. Romain Grosjean progressed through to Q2 but set the slowest time and spun during the closing moments on his way to 16th.

Pastor Maldonado came close to making it to Lotus drivers in Q2 but he ended Q1 in 17th place, ahead of Sauber’s Adrian Sutil and Marussia’s Jules Bianchi.

Kamui Kobayashi, Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson also failed to make it through, with Ericsson crashing out of the session during the closing stages.

The Swede lost control of his Caterham CT05 exiting turn three and swiped the outside barriers, narrowly avoiding Gutiérrez as his car slithered back on track.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:57.2021:59.0411:59.43122
21Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:57.6541:59.3991:59.48620
36Nico RosbergMercedes1:57.1831:59.4452:00.05023
414Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:58.8892:01.3562:00.17522
53Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:58.9132:00.1472:00.54120
67Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:59.2572:01.5322:01.21821
727Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:58.8832:00.8392:01.71223
820Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes2:00.3582:02.0942:02.21320
925Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault2:01.6892:02.0962:03.07823
1022Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes2:00.8892:01.8102:04.05322
1126Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault2:01.1752:02.35116
1221Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari2:01.1342:02.36916
1319Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes2:00.0472:02.46016
1411Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes2:00.0762:02.51115
1577Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:59.7092:02.75617
168Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault2:00.2022:02.88517
1713Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault2:02.0748
1899Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari2:02.1317
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari2:02.7028
2010Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault2:03.5958
214Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari2:04.3888
229Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault2:04.4077

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