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Formula One: Hamilton beats Vettel to rain-hit Malaysian pole

Published on Mar 29, 2014 8:07 PM
 
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes a corner during the first qualifying session of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang circuit near Kuala Lumpur, on March 29, 2014. Former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton avoided crashes and shrugged off a torrential downpour to claim a British record-equalling 33rd pole position at a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix qualifier on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SEPANG (AFP) - Former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton avoided crashes and shrugged off a torrential downpour to claim a British record-equalling 33rd pole position at a thrilling Malaysian Grand Prix qualifier on Saturday.

In a session which had nearly an hour's rain delay, and was twice suspended for crashes on the slippery Sepang circuit, the Mercedes driver came out on top ahead of surging world title-holder Sebastian Vettel.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who won the season-opener in Australia, will start Sunday's race from third with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fourth after surviving a collision with Daniil Kvyat.

Vettel's new Red Bull stablemate Daniel Ricciardo will start from fifth ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Huelkenberg, who impressively placed his Force India seventh.

 
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