McLaren secure front grid, Schumacher expresses his intentions

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Updated: March 24, 2012

Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button maintained McLaren’s 2012 qualifying superiority as they repeated their Melbourne grid result and filled for the front row for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher produced the best qualifying performance of his Formula 1 comeback as he took third for Mercedes, while world champion Sebastian Vettel chose to run the harder tyre and will start fifth for Red Bull.

Pos Driver Team Time Gap 
 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m36.219s
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m36.368s   + 0.149
 3.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m36.391s   + 0.172
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m36.461s   + 0.242
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m36.461s   + 0.242
 6.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m36.634s   + 0.415
 7.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m36.658s   + 0.439
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m36.664s   + 0.445
 9.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m37.566s   + 1.347
10.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m37.698s   + 1.479