Lewis Hamilton takes the pole after a big stress. Sebastian Vettel is impressive with his dear Eva. Their respective team-mates are less smiling. Let’s review this afternoon spent in Sepang…
Weather report: thunderstorm, T. air: 25-32°C ; T. track: 52°C ; humidity rate: 59-90% and wind speed: 1,3 m.s (changing)
Lewis Hamilton signed the eighth time only because of the traffic in Q2. The rain arrived at 5:30pm and the session ended earlier than expected. The double world champion in title grumbled in the radio: “You guys got us out too far behind everyone.” Mercedes replied: “Yeah Lewis, the engine didn’t fire up for some reason, we’ll investigate afterwards.” They made him some apologies while Niki Lauda said to the British TV Station “BBC” that it was his fault. Lew Beauty was afraid of the Q3 is cancelled by forcing him to leave from the fourth line on the starting grid. Fortunately for him, the thunderstorm stopped and the last part of the qualifying tries started at 6:15pm. The leader in the Q1 (1’39”269) has taken the pole position with the inter tyres (1’49’’834). Sebastian Vettel has done an outstanding performance in his second run at the steering-wheel of his SF15-T “Eva” (2nd: +0’’074s – inter tyres). The official Savior from Maranello will be the spicy asset of this round. Nico Rosberg, third (+0’’465s ; Q2: 1st in 1’39”377), made a mistake in his last flying lap. Daniel Ricciardo has been a very good fourth (+1’’707s). The Red Bull driver has outstripped his team-mate (+2’’117s). Max Verstappen, sixth (+2’’147s), has made his dad delighted in the Toro Rosso garage. Romain Grosjean, eighth, has been inserted between both Williams boys (advantage for Felipe Massa). The Frenchman won’t have kept his place a long time because he got a penalty. http://adamcooperf1.com/2015/03/28/two-place-grid-penalty-for-grosjean-in-malaysia/ Marcus Ericsson has been at the end of the top 10 for Sauber’s biggest pleasure. Kimi Räikkönen, eleventh, had the same problem as the poleman in Q2. Iceman blames the strategy but Maurizio Arrivabene doesn’t agree. He thinks the Finn isn’t enough focused. His race won’t be easy. Pastor Maldonado, twelfth, has been in front of both Sahara Force India (advantage for Nico Hülkenberg). Carlos Sainz Jr has been classified fifteenth. Felipe Nasr, sixteenth, was eliminated from the Q1. Jenson Button has taken the advantage on Fernando Alonso for the first time of the weekend. Manor has been the good last one. The FIA allows them to run on tomorrow even if they’re out of the 107% rule.
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