Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying

The Pre – Race Preview, some interesting facts about the Malaysian grand prix

Round 3 of the 2010 Formula One World Championship will be held at the 5.543km 15-turn Sepang International Circuit – the Malaysian Grand Prix. The drivers will have 56 laps to determine this year’s winner, though last year the race was Red flagged due to extreme weather on lap 33 with half-way points awarded to the top eight drivers – a senario which is very likely again.

Sepang is located 85 kilometres from Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, the track was built over 18 months with the first Malaysian Grand Prix being held in 1999. German architect Hermann Tilke designed the track – this was his first F1 design – and the debut event was won by Eddie Irvine in a Ferrari.

Overall, Michael Schumacher has the most wins at Sepang with three while Fernando Alonso & Kimi Raikkonen have two victories each. Ferrari has the most wins by any constructor with five in 11 tries. Renault and McLaren each have two wins.

Mark Webber and his No. 6 RBR-Renault will start on Pole after a crazy qualifying which did little to reveal with teams and drivers are quickest under ideal conditions.

Nico Rosberg once again out-qualified his legendary Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher, and acheived his best starting position – second – in his F1 career.

Leading off the second row will be Sebastian Vettel, with Force India’s Adrian Sutil along side.

Nico Hulkenberg and Robert Kubica make up row three, with Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher starting from row four.

Well back on the grid, 2009 Formula One World Champion Jenson Button will start 17th in his McLaren-Mercedes and hope to find his way to the front quickly. Following close behind will be two-time F1 World Champion Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso. Button’s teammate and 2008 F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton will start 20th, with Felipe Massa starting 21st.

For the first time since 2007 – when the new qualifying format was created – neither McLaren or Ferrari qualified a car in the top ten… With all four hard chargers at the rear, we find it unlikely that all four drivers will be held scoreless.

But keep an eye on the weather… it was clear it would play a factor in qualifying today, and it is nearly as certain to do so against during the 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix.

2010 Malaysian GP: Formula One Qualifying Results
Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS
1 6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:51.886 1:48.210 1:49.327 18
2 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 1:52.560 1:47.417 1:50.673 22
3 5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:47.632 1:46.828 1:50.789 19
4 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:49.479 1:47.085 1:50.914 21
5 10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:49.664 1:47.346 1:51.001 22
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1:46.283 1:46.951 1:51.051 19
7 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:50.301 1:48.371 1:51.511 21
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 1:52.239 1:48.400 1:51.717 24
9 23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:48.467 1:47.792 1:51.767 21
10 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:49.922 1:48.238 1:52.254 21
11 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1:47.952 1:48.760 15
12 22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari 1:47.153 1:48.771 14
13 16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:48.945 1:49.207 15
14 17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari 1:48.655 1:49.464 16
15 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.875 1:52.270 16
16 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:52.398 1:52.520 13
17 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:52.211 No Time 3
18 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:52.884 6
19 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:53.044 8
20 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:53.050 8
21 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:53.283 7
22 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:56.299 9
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:57.269 9
24 25 Lucas Di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:59.977 4

Source : http://paddocktalk.com/news/html/story-132105.html

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