Malaysian GP 2010: Webber Takes Pole As McLaren and Ferrari Stumble
Mark Webber took pole position for tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix in wet conditions. Nico Rosberg slotted his Mercedes Benz into 2nd to give him a career first front row grid start. Webber’s team mate Sebastian Vettel will start 3rd.
The session was hampered by the weather and will be remembered best for decisions made by two of the best teams in the business, McLaren and Ferrari who decided the rain in Q1 would stop so they could get a late run in, however it didnt – the rain got worse and both Ferrari’s and Lewis Hamilton were knocked out. Embarrassing for teams who should be much more professional. Jenson Button made it into Q2, but couldn’t start as he stuffed his McLaren into the gravel at the end of Q1. He aquaplaned through a river into the gravel while on intermediate tyres.
Ferrari’s loss was Lotus’ gain, the team heavily supported by Malaysia managed to get one of its cars, driven by Heikki Kovalainen through to Q2 and the Finn qualified 15th, one place ahead of Timo Glock in the Virgin meaning Lotus were the best qualified new team as well as that euphoria of getting through to the second phase of qualifying.
Kamui Kobayashi also took advantage of rivals falling by the way side and the popular Japanese put his Sauber Ferrari into 9th place, one behind veteran German Michael Schumacher and some places and one session ahead of team mate Pedro de La Rosa.
Another worthy note is for Force India, the former back markers getting both cars into Q3, with Liuzzi 10tyh and Adrian Sutil an astonishing 4th just ahead of Nico Hulkenberg the rookie German slotting his car home into 5th.
With such a mixed up grid, and the potential for changeable weather, expect a crazy Grand Prix tomorrow morning.
Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:51.886 1:48.210 1:49.327 2. Rosberg Mercedes 1:52.560 1:47.417 1:50.673 3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:47.632 1:46.828 1:50.789 4. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:49.479 1:47.085 1:50.914 5. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:49.664 1:47.346 1:51.001 6. Kubica Renault 1:46.283 1:46.951 1:51.051 7. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:50.301 1:48.371 1:51.511 8. Schumacher Mercedes 1:52.239 1:48.400 1:51.717 9. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.467 1:47.792 1:51.767 10. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:49.922 1:48.238 1:52.254 11. Petrov Renault 1:47.952 1:48.760 12. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.153 1:48.771 13. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.945 1:49.207 14. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:48.655 1:49.464 15. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.875 1:52.270 16. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.398 1:52.520 17. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:52.211 18. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.884 19. Alonso Ferrari 1:53.044 20. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.050 21. Massa Ferrari 1:53.283 22. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:56.299 23. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:57.269 24. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.977
This entry was posted on April 3, 2010 by f1fanatics. It was filed under 2010 Race Weekends, F1 News and was tagged with Adrian Sutil, Fernando Alonso, Heikki Kovalainen, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Lotus Malaysia, Malaysia 2010, Malaysian Grand Prix, Mark Webber, Michael Schumacher.