Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button ensured that McLaren continued their dominance as the duo locked up the front row of the grid and for the first time, McLaren have taken the pole at Sepang. Michael Schumacher was third for Mercedes and the much talked about F-Duct assisted DRS was good enough for third slot on the grid, but both Schumacher and the team remained optimistic about their chances and said that this is the best they could have done.
Red Bull who looked so out of sorts in the last weekend, weren’t too far away this time as Mark Webber notched up the solid fourth. Red Bull went on with a different strategy unlike their rivals as Vettel went on with harder of the two compounds, a gamble that may well pay off in the race.
Lotus weren’t too far either with Kimi Raikkonen notching up fifth but with a gearbox change, he will drop down five places on the grid and his teammate Romain Grosjean was 0.439 seconds off the pacesetter and was seventh.
The Qualifying battle between most of the teammates was a close affair and the case at Mercedes wasn’t different either, Rosberg managed only eight but more importantly was around 0.3 seconds off the pace of his teammate while Sergio Perez completed the Top 10 for Sauber.
Fernando Alonso ensured atleast one of the Ferrari is in Top 10 as he put himself on the grid in Ninth while Massa who looked out of sorts in Australia had a good decent run here and took the 12th spot and was just few hundredths away from his Teammate pleasing both the fans and the Team.
Pastor Maldonado tried to push his Williams for another Top 10 performance but narrowly missed out following a run through the gravel early on in the session thus slightly damaging his car while Bruno Senna finishing in 13th.
Daniel Ricciardo split the two Force India’s by notching up 15th spot on the grid, With the Force India’s of Paul di Resta and Nico Hulkenberg closely matched and with Hulkenberg admitting that a few hundredths of a second would have pushed him few spots above the grid as Kobayashi surprisingly was more then half a second slower then his teammate and will start the race at 17th.
Jean Eric Vergne narrowly missed out on getting through to Q2 as he will eventually start 18th. The Caterham duo again tried all they could get into Q2, but the Caterham still needs huge chunk of improved bits for them to move through Q2. Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov qualified 19th and 20th but with the penalty for Heikki for passing cars under Safety car last weekend, he will now drop to the back of the grid. Timo Glock, Charles Pic and the HRT duo of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan all within 107% qualifying rule and will all start the race.