Written by Lahiru Fernando
29 Mar, 2015 | 12:51 pm
Defending Formula 1 World champion Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for Mercedes at a rain-soaked Sepang International Circuit in a hectic Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying session yesterday as the Brit claimed the 40th pole of his career.
Four times world champion Sebastian Vettel, who proved Ferrari’s impressive early-season form qualified second, just 0.074 seconds off Hamilton as the German broke the Mercedes front-line domination by setting the two Mercedes cars apart. Vettel also became the First Scuderia Ferrari driver to claim a front row spot since Felipe Massa at the same track back in 2013.
Nico Rosberg who was disappointed to qualify 3rd stated that there was plenty of grip on the tyres despite the track being wet and said that he was frustrated at being behind Vettel on the grid.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen who is also known as the Iceman, looked to be the guy to breathe down the neck of the World Champions Mercedes as he was second fastest during Free-Practice, setting the two Mercedes drivers apart on First and Third. Disappointingly, after being stuck behind Marcus Ericsson during Q2 and not being able to get through, the Iceman qualified an unfortunate 11th on the grid behind former team-mate Romain Grosjean’s Lotus F1 car.
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