Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying: Vettel on pole for Red Bull

Another rain soaked qualifying at the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix saw Sebastian Vettel take pole for Red Bull, beating the Ferrari’s of Massa and Alonso.

Photo Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying 2013

It’s always sunny in Australia,  but it wasn’t last week for qualifying in the Australian Grand Prix. And this weekend hasn’t been much better in Malaysia.

A rain soaked qualifying in Sepang has probably not given us a clear idea of where the various protagonists will sit if tomorrow’s race is dry, but we do see the big three – plus Lotus – taking the top spots.

Pole position in tomorrow’s race goes to Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull who ended up a full second ahead of the Ferrari’s of Massa and Alonso, thanks to a change of tyres just before his final run on a track that dried throughout qualifying but was never dry enough for full slicks.

Massa too had opted for new tyres before his final run which allowed him to squeeze Alonso – who stayed out – in to second place, all three passing the finishing line as the last runners before qualifying ended and pushing Hamilton in his Mercedes from provisional pole down in to fourth.

Behind Hamilton – who must be wondering if he could have taken pole had he too come in for new tyres before his last run – is the Red Bull of Webber, Rosberg in the second Mercedes, last week’s Australian GP winner, Kimi Raikkonen, in the Lotus, Button in the McLaren, Sutil for Force India and Perez making up the top ten in the second McLaren.

Paul di Resta was unlucky to be called in on a quick lap for new tyres and coming out to rain – he ended in fifteenth – and the second Lotus of Grosjean also fell to Lotus making a mess of the rain’s arrival.

All of which should make for an interesting race tomorrow.


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  1. Richard says

    Vettel may be on pole but it looks to me as if Lewis has got the measure of the Red Bull and the Ferraris for the race.

  2. Mercedes62 says

    It appears to me that Lewis was plain unlucky not to take pole. So much for the Mercedes not being competitive this year.

What do you think?