Hamilton Dominates Again - Malaysian Qualifying Results


Once again a Red Bull separated the Mercedes’ of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during Malaysia’s soaked qualifying session.

However, though Sebastian Vettel managed to rob Mercedes of a dual front row start, the four time world champion is still reluctant to rule out another Mercedes dominated race.

Lewis Hamilton Malaysian Grand Prix 2Speaking at the press conference after qualifying had been wrapped up, Vettel was full of praise for his rivals.

“Mercedes as a team has the best package. they’ve done a very good job across the break. Obviously with new rules there was a lot of work, so I think they’re the favourites at the moment, no matter, I think, where we go. ”

Even so, Vettel was still delighted in a front row start, the consistent improvement from Red Bull igniting their championship defence once again.

Their improvement has also been duly noted by Hamilton, the pole starter saying he was extremely “happy, firstly with the job the team has done and just generally how well we have done throughout the weekend”, but added that Red Bull are “are definitely a little bit too close.”

Tropical storms may once again descend upon Sepang International Circuit for the race, yet those at the Red Bull camp will be wanting nothing less. The RB10 proving once again that it performs better in wetter conditions and also running much closer to the clear favourites, Mercedes.

Qualifying Results

Position

Number

Driver

Team

1

44

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG

2

1

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing

3

6

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes AMG

4

14

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

5

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull Racing

6

7

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

7

27

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India

8

20

Kevin Magnussen

McLaren

9

25

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR

10

22

Jenson Button

McLaren

11

26

Daniil Kvyat

STR

12

21

Esteban Gutierrez

Sauber

13

19

Felipe Massa

Williams

14

11

Sergio Perez

Force India

15

77

Valtteri Bottas

Williams

16

8

Romain Grosjean

Lotus

17

13

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus

18

99

Adrian Sutil

Sauber

19

17

Jules Bianchi

Marussia

20

10

Kamui Kobayashi

Caterham

21

4

Max Chilton

Marussia

22

9

Marcus Ericsson

Caterham

Tags: Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Nico Rosberg Red Bull Racing Sebastian Vettel