Malaysian Grand Prix

Sepang
1 October

Qualifying
RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P3 1:34.556 New Medium – 5 laps P4 1:34.557 New Medium – 5 laps
  New Soft – 3 laps New Soft – 3 laps
Q2 P5 1:33.903 New Soft – 3 laps P6 1:33.972 New Soft – 3 laps
Q3 P6 1:33.632 New Soft – 3 laps P5 1:33.584 New Soft – 3 laps
  New Soft – 2 laps New Soft – 3 laps
Weather: air 31/32 °C, track 40/43 °C. Overcast
Kimi Raikkonen
It was a pretty smooth running until the last try: then I had some traffic on the out lap and struggled with the tires to make them work in the first two corners, so I ran a bit wide. It was a decent qualifying session but it’s painful when you have such a bad last try. The handling of the car has been pretty ok and I was hoping for a bit more, but tomorrow we’ll try to do better. We don’t know what will happen and obviously we are not in the ideal starting position. The tarmac is new so it’s hard to say where it’s going to go and which tire will be the best, it will be a lot down to the conditions. We have to do our own best and see what that brings in the race.
Sebastian Vettel
We expected it to be tight, but we thought that we could have the upper hand in the end. So I am disappointed to see both Red Bulls in front of us, but they were just a bit quicker. There was not a lot missing, but just enough, just over a tenth. We need to have a look into our data and see if we can pick it up later… In the end, we were hoping to be one row higher up, so in second, right behind the Mercedes. But for the race, nervertheless, we should have a good speed: the strategy will also be important tomorrow. There is a bit of room for manoeuvre, as everybody has to use the harder tire, which might make it interesting. And then there is also the fact that we are in Malaysia, so there might be some rain, or just the heat as a factor.