Sepang: Red Bull’s world champion Sebastian Vettel made the most of a well-timed change of tyres in a rainy qualifying session to seize pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday.
Vettel will be joined on the front row for the second round of the season by Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, with the Brazilian out-qualifying his Spanish team mate Fernando Alonso for the fourth race in succession.
Alonso, last year’s winner in Malaysia and second in the Australian season-opener last weekend, will start in third place. Lewis Hamilton will complete the second row in his Mercedes with Red Bull's Mark Webber disappointed to be fifth after getting his timing wrong in the final session.
“If you start in the front, you always want to finish there as well,” Vettel told reporters after his 38th career pole and second of the season.
“It will be a long race and it’s difficult to know the true pace. We confirmed what we saw in Melbourne. I'm happy with the balance of the car.”
Meanwhile, Force India drivers were troubled by wet track as Adrian Sutil qualified ninth while Paul Di Resta will start on Sunday as back as P15 on the grid, here.
Melbourne winner Kimi Raikkonen finished down in seventh place for Lotus, the same position he started from a week ago before the Finn battled through the field to victory by making one pit stop less than other frontrunners.