2012 Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying Results and Grid Positions

The Formula 1 circus has now returned to the 3.344 mile Sepang circuit for the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix.  Qualifying concluded today and upon seeing the drivers get out of the cars, then you know that it once again is very hot and humid.

The pole position was won by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton for the second time this year in the first two races.  His teammate, Jenson Button, qualified in second position.  Michael Schumacher is delivering on the fast practice times by Mercedes and qualified third.  This is his best qualifying position since 2006.

Mercedes Has Shown Increased Speed So Far in 2012 (photo by Mercedes-Benz)

The Red Bull racing team, Webber and Vettel, in that order qualified fourth and fifth.  Grosjean is showing that he belongs in Formula 1 by qualifying the Lotus in sixth.  Rosberg, in the other Mercedes, will start seventh.

Ferrari must be disappointed once again.  Alonso will start in eighth position, 0.9 seconds behind Rosberg’s time in seventh.  Meanwhile Massa, in the other Ferrari will start 12th on the grid.  This has not been a good start to the year by the Ferrari team.

Penalties also played a role in the starting grid.  Raikkonen in his Lotus, qualified with an equal time to Red Bull’s Webber, but a five grid place penalty for a gear box change has moved Raikkonen back to a 10th place start on the grid.

In addition, a carry over penalty from the 2012 Australian Grand Prix moved Kovalainen in his Caterham-Renault back five grid positions and he will start 24th or last on the grid.  This will prevent the two HRT-Cosworth cars from being the last two cars.  Unlike the Australian Grand Prix, for the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix, the two HRT-Cosworth cars did beat the 107% rule and will be permitted to start the race.

Qualifying Results and Starting Grid Positions for the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix

Position Driver Team Time
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.219
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.368
3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.391
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.461
5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.634
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:36.658
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.664
8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.566
9 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:37.698
10 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:36.461
11 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:37.589
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.731
13 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:37.841
14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:37.877
15 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:37.883
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:37.890
17 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.069
18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.077
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:39.567
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.903
21 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.250
22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:42.914
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:43.655
24 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:39.306

To watch the Malaysian Grand Prix race live tomorrow, those of us on the east coast of the United States will have to get up in the middle of the night.  Who cares!  I’ll do it anyway.

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2 Responses to 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying Results and Grid Positions

  1. It’s a shame that Perez’ crew failed to call him in on Alonzo’s tail. They saw that the slicks were worth at least 5 seconds a lap and he would have been able to give Alonzo a really serious push at the end considering how easily he clawed back the time he lost both by the extra lap on intermediates and the slight off.
    Very possibly he could have won a GP on his second try…

    • You could be right Paul, but catching Alonso and passing him are two different things. I think that Sauber were very glad to get a podium position and did not want to through it away, so I think that they perhaps played it a little too cautious, but given the circumstances, I think that they did what was best for the team.

      Very interesting race though!

      Regards,
      Steve

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