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Qualifying

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Well, if qualifying is anything to go by, the race tomorrow should be a corker! Add in the chance of a shower and we're set for a classic! See you then.

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Alonso starts in fifth, followed by Heidfeld, Massa, Petrov, Rosberg and Kobayashi.

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What an ending to qualifying! Vettel claims pole position! Hamilton has to make do with second on the grid with Webber in third and Button in fourth!

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Vettel pulls it out of the back at the death though with a sensational 1:34.870 to pip Hamilton to pole!

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Alonso goes fifth as Webber stays third. Hamilton posts 1:34.974 to stay top!

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Webber looks quick, but Hamilton's quicker! It's looking close as the clock ticks down!

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Still just four times set so far...

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Here we go... Alonso hits the track and is swiftly followed by Kobayashi, Petrov and Webber.

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There's a lull now as the remaining six cars gear up for their late efforts. The Red Bulls and McLarens may even go again.

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Vettel can only post a 1:35.122! He goes second and Hamilton is still on provisional pole!

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Webber splits the McLarens with Vettel out on track at the moment.

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Hamilton throws down a 1:35.000 to which Button can only reply with a 1:35.371!

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Button joins Hamilton as the McLarens look to get their times in the bank early.

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Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber, Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, Vitaly Petrov and Kamui Kobayashi are battling it out now.

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Hamilton out early in this final session of qualifying.

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Here we go then! Q3 is under way and in 10 minutes we'll know the make-up of the grid for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

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The top 10 shootout is on its way! And it looks like Button is the man to beat!

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So, those dropping out at this stage are: Schumacher, Buemi, Alguersuari, Di Resta, Barrichello, Perez and Sutil

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Rosberg displaces Schumacher on his final lap! And the five-times race winner here will start on the grid at 11th.

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The flag comes down and that's the end of the session.

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Hamilton rises to second to make it a McLaren one-two for the time being!

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Alonso shunts Vettel down to fifth as Di Resta can only get into 13th.

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No one's getting close to Button's sizzling effort at the moment.

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But look at Petrov here! He roars into fourth and most likely a place in the top 10!

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Just Petrov Sutil and Di Resta yet to post a time.

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So, with five minutes left it's Button ahead of Vettel, Webber, Massa, Alonso, Schumacher and Rosberg.

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Hamilton's slipping down the order after a poor first lap.

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Rosberg is yet to post a time, but here he is now... and he jumps up to seventh with 1:37.170.

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Button responds with a 1:35.569 to go provisional P1!

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Vettel and Webber finally begin to show what they can do as the pair go top, the world champion putting in a 1:35.934.

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Hamilton sets the pace early on with a 1:37.339, ahead of Buemi and Alguersuari.

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Out come the Ferraris on the soft option tyres.

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Vettel is also out on track early on in this session.

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Pirelli reports the qualifying session should remain dry, but tomorrow's race is likely to be affected.

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Red Bull's Webber is first out on soft tyres.

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So, here we go with Q2!

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The great news for HRT is that they've qualified for a Grand Prix!

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So, leaving qualification at this point are Maldonado, Kovalainen, Trulli, Glock, D'Ambrosio, Liuzzi and Karthikeyan. All within the 107 per cent rule.

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That's the end of the Q1... Maldonado can't better his time on the final lap, leaving Barrichello to breathe a huge sigh of relief!

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Webber is still in 15th place, and it's the Red Bull driver's turn to put in a quick lap. He needs one.

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Schumacher shoots into fourth moments before Rosberg also seals his place in Q2 in ninth.

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Rosberg and Schumacher are both in the bottom seven at the moment. They're in trouble unless the Mercedes do something quickly.

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At the bottom end of the standings Liuzzi and his HRT team-mate Karthikeyan are propping the table up.

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Massa on his soft tyres posts a 1:36.744 to top the timesheets! And then Ferrari team-mate Alonso, also on softs, goes second.

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Rosberg moves into eighth with a 1:38.717 as the rain holds off and the track remains dry.

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No times from the Ferraris so far. Nor from Heidfeld or Petrov.

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So, the order is Hamilton, Vettel, Alguersuari, Button, Webber and Buemi.

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Of course that delay means that his session will finish later - what are the weather implications of that?

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The session is back under way, with 12 minutes remaining.

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A race official runs onto the track and retrieves that offending piece of Buemi's Toro Rosso car. The session is stopped for the time being, but we'll be back up and running soon enough.

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Vettel is out and he splits the McLarens before Alguersuari goes third with a 1:37.735.

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There's part of a Toro Rosso on the track. Quite a large chunk. It simply blew off.

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Hamilton races round and sets the benchmark early on with a 1:37.456, that despite a minor lock-up on the final corner.

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Liuzzi's fastest this session in his HRT! It may only be because he happened to clock the first time, but he'll take it!

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Barrichello and D'Ambrosio soon join them before both McLarens hit the track.

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Liuzzi and Di Resta are first out on the track.

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Here we go! Under way!

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Last season Mark Webber took pole at the Sepang track. Can the Red Bull man hold off the McLarens and repeat the feat.

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The excitement is building as the temperature rises. And according to Timo Glock's radio, the showers are disappearing.

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It's hot once again at the Sepang circuit, with track temperatures well into the 40s. There are spots of rain around Kuala Lumpur and it remains to be seen whether we'll get a dry qualifying run.

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Lewis Hamilton paced the final practice session earlier in the day, breaking up Red Bull's domination of the first two sessions.

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Hello and welcome to our continued coverage of the Malaysian Grand Prix with qualifying about to start for Sunday's race!