Originally published at Paul Henman at henman.ca. You can comment here or there.
It’s raining just before the start of Qualifying … but that’s pretty normal for the Malaysian GP.
A queue forms at the pit lane exit – if the rain gets heavier, they need to post a lap time as quickly as possible
KK is at the front of the queue and first onto the track
Onboard camera with KK shows how much spray there is even without a car in front of him … and then SB swoops past, which reduces visibility even further
VP has spun in Turn 2 but recovers
Looks like the rain is easing off
5mins gone of Q1 = 15mins left
SB off across the gravel at the final turn but escapes across the grass
The “big names” are finally exiting the pits – just LdG still in the garage as his team work furiously on the car
VL lost the rear end of the Force India but caught it and only half spun
BS goes off and is beached in the gravel
The lap times are getting slower – did the top teams leave it too late?
LH spins in the final turn
JB spins and slides backwards into a gravel trap – his qualifying is finished!
VP off at the same spot
Pit-car for JB tell him to keep the engines running
JB’s in a dangerous position – doesn’t that mean he can be pushed back onto the track and continue?
Full wet tyres going on MS’ Mercedes … and then NR’s
LH catches the McLaren as the tail breaks away under braking
5mins left of Q1 – bottom 7 are JT, FM, FA, KC, BS, LH & LdG
Even with the full wets, MS is struggling to keep his car pointing in the right direction
Pit-car radio for LH tells him he needs to improve his lap time by about 7secs in order to get through to Q2!
FA spins the Ferrari – he won’t improve enough to escape Q1
Both LH & FA cross the line in time for one last flying lap
Chequered flags falls on Q1
So fastest was RK (1:46.283) but more importantly the back of the grid will be P18=JT, 19=FA, 20=LH, 21=FM, 22=KC, 23=BS, 24=LdG
JB is in the McLaren garage but his car is still at the corner where he went off, so he’ll be P17
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