2014 Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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10:02
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Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Vergne and Button complete the top ten
10:02
Alonso takes fourth, ahead of Ricciardo and fellow Ferrari driver Raikkonen
10:01
Two out of two for the Mercedes driver, ahead of Vettel and team-mate Rosberg
10:01
So it's pole position for Lewis Hamilton!
10:01
No other improvements being made
10:01
Rosberg edges out Alonso for third
10:00
Hamilton runs wide and continues at Turn 4
09:59
Vettel fails to cross the line in time, meaning he cannot improve on P2
09:59
The chequered flag comes out, but plenty of drivers are on hot laps
09:59
The conditions seem a little worse as qualifying reaches its conclusion
09:59
Hamilton reports that he cannot see anything out of his mirrors
09:57
Button is struggling to improve on the Intermediates
09:56
Hamilton, Alonso, Rosberg and Vergne pit
09:55
Raikkonen pits for some fresh rubber
09:55
Vettel and Ricciardo are back out on Full Wets
09:55
Raikkonen asks for a tyre change amid increasing degradation
09:54
Magnussen goes seventh with his first timed lap
09:53
Button is winding himself up on the Intermediate tyres
09:53
Very close between Hamilton and Vettel
09:52
Vettel goes second, ahead of Alonso, Rosberg and Ricciardo
09:51
Hamilton moves to the front on 1:59.431
09:51
Raikkonen clocks the first time of Q3, lapping in 2:01.218
09:50
Interestingly, Button takes on fresh Intermediates
09:50
Button follows his team-mate back in
09:49
Magnussen pits, after reporting that it's too wet for the Intermediates
09:49
Bottas is under investigation for potentially blocking Ricciardo in Q2
09:49
The McLaren drivers are on Intermediates, with the rest on Full Wets
09:48
Different tyre choices again
09:48
All 10 drivers are now on track
09:47
Raikkonen, Button and Magnussen immediately head out
09:47
Q3 gets underway at Sepang
09:43
For reference, the final Q3 top ten was as follows: HAM, VET, ROS, RIC, HUL, ALO, RAI, BUT, MAG, VER
09:41
Grosjean's final effort was affected by a half spin at Turn 14
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Out in Q2: KVY, GUT, MAS, PER, BOT, GRO
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Massa can only finish in 13th position
09:40
Kvyat squeezes into the top ten, but team-mate Vergne displaces him moments later
09:40
Bottas misses out in the Williams
09:39
Vettel, fastest of all in the middle sector, retakes P2
09:39
Button improves slightly to go eighth
09:38
The chequered flag comes out, with all drivers bar Raikkonen and Magnussen on track
09:38
Bottas is finally on the Full Wets
09:36
Rosberg moves back up to second
09:36
He recovers to make it back to the pits
09:35
Replays show Magnussen running into the gravel at the final corner
09:35
Hamilton lowers his benchmark
09:35
Bottas, after an unsuccessful run on Intermediates, now pits
09:35
Current drop zone: GRO, GUT, MAS, VER, KVY, BOT
09:34
Button gets himself into the top ten
09:34
Vettel breaks into the 1m59s to go second
09:33
Alonso up to sixth in his repaired Ferrari
09:32
Vettel up to fourth in the second Red Bull
09:31
Ricciardo splits the Mercedes drivers
09:31
Magnussen goes third, ahead of Perez and Raikkonen
09:30
Hamilton moves to the front on 1:59.419, with team-mate Rosberg slotting into second
09:30
Gutierrez posts the first time of the session, lapping in 2:03.345
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Stewards will take a look at the Kvyat/Alonso incident after the session
09:28
Great work from the Ferrari crew, as Alonso heads back out
09:27
All drivers bar Alonso are now on track
09:27
Bottas bucks the trend on Intermediates
09:26
The session resumes, with a train of cars heading out on Full Wets
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They have just over 10 minutes to do so
09:25
Mechanics are working hard to get Alonso's Ferrari fixed
09:25
The session will restart at 17:26
09:23
Toro Rosso mechanics are fitting a new front wing to Kvyat's car
09:22
Alonso's session is almost certainly over, with major damage to his front-left suspension
09:22
The Toro Rosso driver braked late and had no other option but to dive up the inside of the Spaniard, with their wheels clashing
09:21
Replays show Kvyat and Alonso making contact at Turn 9
09:20
The session has been red flagged
09:20
Raikkonen requests a change to the Full Wets
09:19
Vettel and Ricciardo now leave the pits
09:19
All cars bar the Red Bulls on track in the early stages
09:18
After a brief pause, Q2 gets underway
09:18
Raikkonen opts for a different approach with the Intermediates
09:18
Cars heading to the end of the pit lane on Full Wet tyres
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09:11
Marshals are now recovering the Caterham and clearing away debris
09:11
Out in Q1: MAL, SUT, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI
09:13
Race Control now confirms that Q1 will not restart
09:10
With just over half a minute left on the clock, Q1 is effectively over
09:10
Gutierrez narrowly avoided contact with the rookie on the run to Turn 4
09:09
Replays show Ericsson losing control of his car on the exit of Turn 3, before sliding backwards across the grass and making contact with the barriers
09:09
The Swede gets out of his Caterham, which has significant front-end damage
09:08
Q1 has now been red flagged
09:07
A big crash for Ericsson in the first sector
09:06
Vettel runs wide at Turn 9 but avoids major drama
09:05
Currently in the drop zone: MAL, SUT, BIA, KOB, CHI, ERI
09:05
They should be safely through to Q2
09:05
Rosberg and Hamilton have pitted
09:04
Vettel shoots up to third in his repaired car
09:04
Gutierrez has gone off an continued at Turn 9
09:03
Hulkenberg has usurped Ricciardo for P3
09:01
Magnussen moves up to 12th, with Button going 15th moments later
09:00
Hamilton improves but stays second
09:00
Ricciardo is told that the weather should stay the same for the rest of the session
08:59
Button crosses the line but stays 19th
08:59
Magnussen up to 14th in his McLaren
08:59
Vettel's problem is related to the energy store
08:58
This could spell trouble for McLaren, after its early Full Wet runs
08:58
Grosjean is told that the rain is getting heavier
08:58
Button is now on the Intermediates
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He is ninth fastest at the moment
08:56
Vettel is told to pit due to a car issue
08:56
Ricciardo goes third in the Red Bull
08:55
Button stays out to complete his lap, but is a long way off the pace
08:55
Magnussen is told to pit for a change from Full Wets to Intermediates
08:54
Rosberg quickly beats his team-mate with a 1:57.189
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Hamilton clocks a 1:57.309 on his first attempt
08:53
Hamilton begins the first timed lap of the session
08:52
Still plenty of rivers and puddles to deal with
08:51
All cars bar Ericsson's Caterham now on track
08:51
The McLaren drivers are on the Full Wet tyres
08:52
Ericsson has stalled, with the rest of the field making its way around his stricken car
08:50
Most drivers are on Intermediates
08:50
"We do expect rain in the session, so make the early laps representative," Hamilton is told over the radio
08:49
Plenty of other cars in the train behind Hamilton and Rosberg
08:48
The Mercedes drivers are already queuing at the end of the pit lane
08:46
Qualifying will get underway at 16:50
08:43
Another trip for the Safety Car
08:37
The next update will come at 16:45
08:37
Qualifying has been delayed by a further five minutes
08:35
Drivers are now getting strapped into their respective cars
08:32
The Safety Car is back out on track
08:29
Some blue skies are now breaking through the clouds
08:27
08:21
Race Control will issue another update at 16:35
08:20
Qualifying has been delayed by a further 15 minutes
08:19
The Safety Car is now out on track to assess the conditions
08:17
Another update on its way in the next few minutes
08:10
08:08
No signs of the rain easing at the moment
08:05
The next update will be at 16:20
08:05
Qualifying has been delayed by a further 15 minutes
08:00
Drivers are watching on patiently in their respective garages
07:57
Race Control will issue another update at 16:05 local time
07:55
The start of Q1 has thus been delayed by 15 minutes
07:54
It has been raining heavily since final practice, which was topped by Mercedes's Nico Rosberg
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Hello and welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix