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Hamilton takes Malaysian pole
Lewis Hamilton claimed a second consecutive pole when he topped the times in qualifying ahead of the Malaysian Gran Prix.
In treacherous conditions, Hamilton steered his car to the front of the grid alongside quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel. Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso took the second row with Daniel Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen just behind them.
It might appear to be a remarkable improvement for Red Bull after they endured a troublesome preseason however Christian Horner will be aware his team are still nearly a second off the pace in dry conditions.
For Hamilton it was the 33rd pole position of his career, equaling the British record set by Jim Clark however nothing short of a first win in Malaysia will satisfy the former world champion considering he missed out in Australia and the dominant performance of his Mercedes throughout the weekend thus far.
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:59.431
2. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull-Renault 1:59.486
3. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 2:00.050
4. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 2:00.175
5. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull-Renault 2:00.541
6. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari 2:01.218
7. Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Force India-Mercedes 2:01.712
8. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) McLaren-Mercedes 2:02.213
9. Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA) Toro Rosso-Renault 2:03.078
10. Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren-Mercedes 2:04.053