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The Formula 1 fever has hit Malaysian soil this weekend with the Round 2 of the championship happening in Sepang International Circuit. With our ever unpredictable weather coming into play – it has certainly brought a little more drama for the drivers and teams to manage their way through qualifying. Truly enough – the qualifying session were held in wet conditions which only pushed the limits of the new cars and drivers to achieve the best timing in the heavy rain. Has it stopped them however?

Absolutely not! In fact the heavy downpour may have just made things more interesting for both the drivers and teams. As qualifying went through, there seems to be no sign of the rain stopping after Q1, however it became a difficulty for the teams to decide between the different tyre setups to match the conditions. This we reckon was the biggest issue for the majority of teams.

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After the 1 hour Qualifying session stretched over 3 elimination stints, it proved to be a test of skills in the wet, to find the milliseconds of difference on the lap. It’s a good start again for Lewis Hamilton as he returned a time of 1:59.431 putting him on pole position twice in a row after the Australian Grand Prix last weekend. Coming a close second was Sebastian Vettel with a time of 1:59.486, proving the millisecond difference. Nico Rosberg was not too far behind; returning a time of 2:00.050 putting him third on the grid. Below are the results from qualifying yesterday, and a view of what the grid will look like later today!

Qualifying Results

Pos. Driver Team Time Laps
1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:59.431 22
2.  S. Vettel Red Bull 01:59.486 20
3.  N. Rosberg Mercedes 02:00.050 23
4.  F. Alonso Ferrari 02:00.175 22
5.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 02:00.541 20
6.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 02:01.218 21
7.  N. Hulkenberg Force India 02:01.712 23
8.  K. Magnussen McLaren 02:02.213 20
9.  J. Vergne Toro Rosso 02:03.078 23
10.  J. Button McLaren 02:04.053 22
11.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 02:02.351 16
12.  E. Gutiérrez Sauber 02:02.369 16
13.  F. Massa Williams 02:02.460 16
14.  S. Perez Force India 02:02.511 15
15.  V. Bottas Williams 02:02.756 17
16.  R. Grosjean Lotus 02:02.885 17
17.  P. Maldonado Lotus 02:02.074 8
18.  A. Sutil Sauber 02:02.131 7
19.  J. Bianchi Marussia 02:02.702 8
20.  K. Kobayashi Caterham 02:02.595 8
21.  M. Chilton Marussia 02:02.388 8
22.  M. Ericsson Caterham 02:02.407 7

Meanwhile – we’d like to give our avid readers and viewers a little gallery from the Qualifying round yesterday at Sepang Internation Circuit. We look forward to a great race today and a much more promising weather.