MARK WEBBER (Red Bull) will start the Malaysian Grand Prix from pole tomorrow after the weather turned qualifying into a 52 card pick up scenario. His Q3 pole time of 1:49.327 (111.167 mph) was over 1.3 seconds ahead of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes. Webber’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel will start third on the grid. For his quick runs, Webber used the intermediate tyres, whereas everybody else near him opted for the full wet tyres.
The remaining drivers in the top 10 (who had their final session interrupted by rain) were: Sutil (Force India), Hülkenberg (Williams), Kubica (Renault), Barrichello (Williams), Schumacher (Mercedes), Kobayashi (Sauber) and Liuzzi (Force India).
Lotus managed to get a car into the second part of qualifying for the very first time at their home race. Heikki Kovalainen will start the race from 15th on the grid. This was largely due to a calamitous Q1 for McLaren and Ferrari.
Both teams put off going out in the first session for too long and were caught out by the pouring rain. Jenson Button slid off the track and was out, condemned to start 17th. He did actually make it into Q2, but wasn’t allowed to start because his car had stopped out on track.
But it could have been worse for Jenson. His team-mate Lewis Hamilton will start 20th on the grid, in between the two Ferraris of Alonso (19th) and Massa (21st). We are going to have one hell of a charge from the back from all four drivers. The first few corners could be quite messy.
With regards to who will win, I believe it is Red Bull’s race to lose (again). I just don’t know which one will win though. But that is if it stays dry. If it rains like it has done in the past at Sepang, anybody could win.
In other F1 news, USF1 have ceased to be. They shut up shop on Thursday after failing to make the grid in Bahrain and not even showing us any glimpses of their car. Personally I’m not surprised they failed. America has never really been able to do F1 properly anyway.
And finally, David Coulthard is to return to racing. He will drive in this seasons DTM (German touring cars) series for Mercedes-Benz. His team-mates will be: Ralf Schumacher, Paul di Resta (Force India’s test driver), Jamie Green, Gary Paffett (McLaren’s test driver) and Susie Stoddard.