Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying

I was in Montreal over the weekend so I’m watching Qualifying on Monday evening, having carefully avoided any news about the race 🙂

Qualifying 1 (Q1)
VL first on track – the BBC commentators joke about the lesser-spotted Hispania car 🙂
VL 1:43.128
PR 1:40.334
RB 1:40.157
PM 1:39.176
LH 1:37.466
Red flag (session suspended) so the marshalls can remove a piece of SB’s Toro Rosso (side pod?) which flew off!
The two Lotus cars wait at the pit exit … and the lights turn green
FM 1:36.744 on the softer (option) tyre compound
(FA P2)
2mins left of Q1; bottom 7 are NR, MS, JT, TG, JD, NK, VL
(MS P4)
Chequered flag
RB scrapes through (P17); MW was way down in P15
Back of the grid will be: 18=PM, 19=HK, 20=JT, 21=TG, 22=JD, 23=VL, 24=NK
The good news for these guys is they all made the 107% time

Qualifying 2 (Q2)
SB 1:37.975
LH 1:37.339
MW 1:36.080
SV 1:35.934
JB 1:35.569
Pit-car radio for MS telling him he’ll need to do another run
2mins left; bottom 7 are LH, JA, VP, KK, RB, AS, PD
(LH P2)
Chequered flag
NR relegates his team-mate into the relegation zone
Middle of the grid will be: P11=MS, 12=SB, 13=JA, 14=PD, 15=RB, 16=SP, 17=AS

Qualifying 3 (Q3)
LH is first to exit the pit lane
LH 1:31:35.000
(JB P2)
(MW P2)
5mins left
(SV P2)
3mins left; order is LH, SV, MW, JB – the rest have yet to set a time
1min left; order unchanged
Chequred flag
(FA P5)
(NH P6)
(KK P9)
(MW P3)
LH 1:34.974
(FM P7)
(VP P8)
SV 1:34.870

The provisional grid: SV, LH, MW, JB, FA, NH, FM, VP, NR, KK, MS, SB, JA, PD, RB, SP, AS, PM, HK, JT, TG, JD, VL, NK.
All 24 cars should be on the grid for the race.