Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton narrowly beat reigning four time Drivers’ world champion to take the pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang Racing Circuit in Kuala Lumpur in what was one of the wettest qualifying sessions the race has witnessed in quite a while.
The Englishman was just .055 seconds quicker than the German with team mate Nico Rosberg taking third place ahead of former world champion Fernando Alonso for third position. This was the 33rd pole in the career of Hamilton as he equaled the record set by the legendary Jim Clark for the most pole positions by a British driver.
And speaking after the qualifying session, Hamilton mentioned it was incredible, adding that the rain was extremely heavy. He added that it was tricky out there for most of the drivers on track and in the end, it was almost impossible to see anything going around the track.
Hamilton also said that even he couldn’t see where the track went, where the corners bended and where to brake the car for a turn and admitted that he had bail out of his final fast lap and so it was very close in the end.
Vettel stated that at the beginning of the first qualifying session, his heart began racing as he found out that there was an issue with the car. He came in to the pits and restarted the car and according to the German, that seemed to solve all the issues. He also admitted that the final qualifying session was not perfect and he would have loved to have another go but the conditions were such that he didn’t even have that luxury to go out on another flying lap.
But he admitted he was happy with the result in the end.