After a rain affected 3rd free practice, qualifying was dry for the Formula 1 drivers at the Sepang International Circuit.
On his first flying lap, it was Michael Schumacher that was leading the way with a 1:37:538, his teammate Nico Rosberg, battling with Jenson Button for 2nd.
With five minutes remaining, Felipe Massa was having another disastrous weekend and was in the drop zone in 18th.
In the last minute, Mark Webber pulled out a 1:37:172 to top the session in his Red Bull. Despite not making it to Q2, the HRT drivers of Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan were within the 107% time to qualify for the race.
Drivers out in Q1 were: Jean-Eric Vergne, Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Timo Glock, Charles Pic, Pedro de la Rosa, Narain Karthikeyan
Kimi Raikkonen set the early pace in Q2 with a 1:36:715, the Finn having to make up for the fact he would lose five places due to receiving a penalty for a gearbox change. His team mate, Sebastian Grosjean was also flying with a low fuel setup and was a few places behind.
Pastor Maldonado took to the gravel at turn 10 ruining his flying lap to get amongst the frontrunners.
With a few minutes remaining track activity got frantic, as Fernando Alonso, Sergio Perez, Massa and Schumacher were under pressure to make it to Q3.
Out in Q2 were: Pastor Maldonado, Felipe Massa, Bruno Senna, Paul Di Resta, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Kamui Kobayashi
With McLaren looking for their first ever pole at the Malaysian circuit it was Lewis Hamilton topping the time sheets with a 1:36:219 at the start of Q3.
Vettel had a fairly quiet session down in 8th. But in the last minute, out on the hard tyre compound he could only move up to 6th, out qualified by his team mate for the second consecutive weekend.
Lewis Hamilton remained at the top, locking out the front row with Button.
- Lewis Hamilton
- Jenson Button
- Michael Schumacher
- Mark Webber
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Sebastian Vettel
- Sebastian Grosjean
- Nico Rosberg
- Fernando Alonso
- Sergio Perez
Raikkonen has five place penalty for gearbox change