Saturday, March 24, 2012

Malaysian GP Qualifying - Pole owned Hamilton, McLaren Start 1-2 Again

Kuala Lumpur - McLaren duo again showed its dominance in the Malaysian GP qualifying. As in Australia, Lewis Hamilton also took pole position, followed by his teammate, Jenson Button.


At the Sepang Circuit on Saturday (03/24/2012) afternoon local time, Hamilton continued his slick records on the first day with the best record in the qualifying session. In 2008 world champion posted a time of 1 minute 36.219 seconds.

Button had to settle for second best record time of 0.149 seconds slower on the back of Hamilton. Seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher, looks impressive and will start from third place after recording a time of 1 minute 36.391 seconds.

Fourth place is occupied by the Red Bull driver Mark Webber. Webber will start ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel at the same time defending champion.

Sixth to ninth in a row will be occupied by Romain Grosjean, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, and Sergio Perez. Kimi Raikkonen is actually fifth in the qualifying session, but since replacing the gearbox, and he was penalized five grid positions will retreat into the top ten positions.

Malaysian GP qualifying results:


1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.219s
2. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m36.368s + 0149
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m36.391s + 0172
4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.461s + 0242
5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m36.461s + 0242 **
6. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.634s + 0415
7. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m36.658s + 0439
8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m36.664s + 0445
9. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.566s + 1347
10. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m37.698s + 1479
11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m37.589s + 0874
12. Ferrari's Felipe Massa 1m37.731s + 1016
13. Bruno Senna's Williams-Renault 1m37.841s + 1126
14. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.877s + 1162
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m37.883s + 1168
16. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m37.890s + 1175
17. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.069s + 1354
18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.077s + 1905
19. Heikki Kovalainen, Renault 1m39.306s + Caterham 2134
20. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m39.567s + Caterham-2395
21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.903s + 3731
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.250s + 4078
23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m42.914s + 5742
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m43.655s + 6483

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