Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

Next race: Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne
F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Sebastian Vettel takes pole in close Malaysia qualifying // McLaren and Red Bull do battle in Sepang

Published by Christine Blachford

Sebastian Vettel takes pole in close Malaysia qualifying
Sebastian Vettel takes pole in close Malaysia qualifying audio waveform
00:01:00
Slow

This is F1Minute for the 9th April 2011.

Sebastian Vettel took pole position in Malaysia today but it was a vastly different session from his previous pole in Australia.

In Free Practice 3, Vettel wasn’t looking too strong - Lewis Hamilton led the way from Mark Webber and then Jenson Button, with Vettel in fifth. The only notable action further down the order was from Paul di Resta who found himself spinning several times through the 60 minute session.

With qualifying underway, the early drop-out was Pastor Maldonado in the Williams, who finds himself 18th. The big name drop-out in Q2 was Michael Schumacher, who was dumped out of the top ten by his own teammate Nico Rosberg. Thus the top ten shootout for pole, except it really only featured two McLarens and two Red Bulls.

Hamilton led the way most of the final ten minutes, but at the very last second, Vettel stole pole position from him by just a single tenth of a second. That leaves Vettel on pole, with Hamilton behind and Webber lining up in third.




Buy from Amazon - Pocket F1 Handbook: Guide to the 2015 Grand Prix Season

365 F1 stories

Ronnie Peterson was born on this day, Valentine's Day, in 1944, but which team did he make his F1 debut with?

F1 team launches
Haas F1 TeamBarcelona, Spain21 Feb
McLaren HondaBarcelona, Spain21 Feb
Williams Martini RacingBarcelona, Spain22 Feb
F1 test schedule
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain22 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain23 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain24 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain25 Feb
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain1 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain2 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain3 Mar
Circuit de Barcelona-CatalunyaSpain4 Mar

On this day in F1 history