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There was plenty more talk of rain today at Sepang, but none materialised allowing qualifying to run smoothly. The HRT drivers both managed to complete four or five laps each, and qualified for the race, slipping just inside the 107% cut off time.
Jean-Éric Vergne was the driver dropping out of Q1 after locking up and flat spotting his tyres. The big name disappointment of Q2 was Felipe Massa, who had been struggling all session, despite having a new chassis for this weekend. He managed to qualify 12th, after fleetingly appearing in the top ten.
Q3 was where the majority of the action occurred, with Fernando Alonso leaving it late to set a lap and only ending up 9th fastest. Sebastian Vettel wasn’t comfortable on the softer compound so became the only driver to qualify on the hard tyre - and he finished 6th. Webber outqualified him again in 4th.
Up front, Lewis Hamilton took his second pole position in a row, followed by Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher - marking the German’s first appearance in a post-session press conference since his comeback.
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References Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Éric Vergne, Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton
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