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GP Week : Issue 198
QUALIFYING 2014 FORMULA 1TM PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX 56 LAPS ROUND 2/19 << Last Race – Australia Two Weeks Ago 1 Next Race – Bahrain >> Next Weekend 2014 FORMULA 1TM PETRONAS MALAYSIA GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – Jim Clark has held the British record for pole positions since surpassing Stirling Moss’s total of 16 at the 1964 US GP, and 50 years later, Lewis Hamilton has become the first British driver to reach Clark’s final career total of 33 (albeit in nearly twice as many starts, 131 compared to 72). He has also tied Alain Prost, as the 3 drivers are 4th on the all-time list behind only Schumacher (68), Senna (65) and Vettel (45). 2 – Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel shared the front row 5 times last season and won all of those races. Vettel was just 0.055s away from taking pole in Malaysia, despite the Red Bulls being slowest of all in the speed traps. He will be attempting to convert Red Bull’s 99th front row start into a 4th Malaysia GP win in the last 5 years. Nico Rosberg’s 3rd on the grid could be considered a disappointment after being quickest in FP2, FP3 and Q1. The top-3 on the grid is Hamilton, a Red Bull and Rosberg, in that order, for the second race in a row. 3 – Fernando Alonso’s early collision with Daniil Kvyat means that 4th is a good result, while Daniel Ricciardo starts 5th, the same position from which Mark Webber so contentiously lost last year’s Malaysia GP to Vettel, while 6th for Kimi Räikkönen holds no fear – his maiden GP victory was from 7th in Malaysia back in 2003. Nico Hülkenberg quietly qualified 7th for the second consecutive race. When factoring in his previous spell at Force India in 2012, it means the German has started his last 4 races for the team from 7th or higher – the only driver in team history to achieve this. 4 – Mclaren’s Kevin Magnussen outqualified Jenson Button for the 2nd consecutive race, with Jean-Eric Vergne sandwiched between them. Vergne reached Q3 this weekend, having never even progressed from Q1 in Malaysia before. Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez only started higher than 12th on 2 occasions in all of last season, while Felipe Massa is only 13th after Williams topped the speed trap in qualifying for the second straight race weekend. 5 – Sergio Perez starts 7 places behind teammate Nico Hülkenberg, having been 9 places behind in Melbourne, while Romain Grosjean managed to get Lotus out of Q1 for the first time in 2014. Pastor Maldonado at least managed a lap in Q1, something he didn’t do in Australia, but it was still a 12th Q1 elimination since the beginning of last year for the Venezuelan. By contrast, Adrial Sutil was only knocked out in Q1 once last year, but it happened again on Saturday. 6 – Williams’ Valtteri Bottas has the distinction of having suffered grid penalties in both races so far this year, having never had one before in his career. Doubly-frustrating is that all three of his sector times were in the top-10. After Kamui Kobayashi reached Q2 in Melbourne, Jules Bianchi put Marussia back ahead of Caterham this weekend. simply overcome by a simple ‘re-boot’ ie stop and restart of the engine, enabling him to press on. As in Melbourne, Nico Rosberg was third, knocking a surprisingly fast Fernando Alonso (who’d put in a good lap early in the session, when conditions were marginally better) back a spot on that last, clear lap of his own, despite not being quite as happy on the full wets and wetter conditions in Q3. For his part, Alonso was lucky to be there at all, after his team performed a miracle front suspension arm replacement in record time – aided by a brief red flag – after a ‘zero-visibility moment’ saw Toro Rosso new boy Daniil Kvyat clang into the left-front of the Ferrari as Fernando toured in: “In a season when it takes a lot of time to make any sort of change to the cars, the guys managed to change the suspension in just a few minutes, which is a real record. They also got me back out on track at the right moment, which meant I could get into Q3. The incident with Kvyat was unfortunate for both of us and was inevitable because, by the time I saw the Toro Rosso, it was too late. As usual in the rain, visibility is significantly reduced and it becomes a lottery.” Daniel Ricciardo backed up his excellent Melbourne qualifying with another strong run, to fifth, ahead of Kimi, who left his late change to a fresh set of wets maybe a lap too late. Both McLaren’s made the top ten, but were compromised by starting the session on Inters. Magnussen’s crew made the call immediately to switch to wets, but Jenson plugged on in the hope that the track would dry a little and he’d spring a tactical surpise. It didn’t. He didn’t! "The decision to run on Inters in Q3 was my choice. I usually make those kinds of calls – and tend to get them right – but I got it wrong today. When you’re quick enough to be fastest on full wets, then choosing to run on Inters isn’t worth the gamble; but, when you’re fighting at the back of the top 10, it’s worth giving it a go to see what happens.” Further down the grid were other examples of wrong tyre/ wrong time – the Williamses in particular struggling for rear grip in anything other than dry conditions; while Valtteri Bottas’ day got even worse when he was penalized three spots for impeding Ricciardo in Q2. The sector and speed trap time analysis from this session (see right, courtesy Statman) make for intriguing reading: Red Bull are clearly quick through the corners, but 10 km/h slower than the Mercs (in fact Vettel slowest of all) on the straight; with other Merc- powered cars (Williams/Force India) even faster in a straight line, but obviously suffering in the downforce/grip area. 24 GPWEEK.com // 24 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MALAYSIA PARTNERS: