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Nic Ladds 3rd Apr 2010 - 14:19

100% qualification record for Red Bull

In a remarkable Malaysian qualification session the Red Bull team managed to maintain their perfect 2010 qualification record as Australia's Mark Webber nailed the quickest time on the rain-soaked Sepang circuit.

The reason behind Webber's time of 1m 49.327s was the decision to get on the intermediate tyres, finding enough of a dry line on the asphalt of Sepang to make the decision count and claim Pole Position for race day.

His Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel opted for full wet rubber and sacrificed his ‘usual' P1 spot on the grid.

He'll now line up directly behind his Aussie teammate in P3, but remains the 7/4 race favourite for the Sunday victory. Will the Bulls finally claim a race victory?

It's an important weekend ahead for Red Bull and at short odds of 2/5 to be the weekend's winning constructor; both drivers are expected to really need to notch up some points.

Dividing the Red Bulls is Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (11/2) who managed a best lap on full wets of 1m 50.673s.

This placed the young German second on the grid - another cracking drive from Michael Schumacher's junior teammate.

Schumacher again disappointed fans who were expecting a promising drive from the master.

In the end Schumacher managed a steady eighth on the grid with a time of 1m 51.717s in the second Mercedes and is now priced at 16/1 for the win. (1/4 Odds Place 1,2,3)

You may have noticed there's a severe lack of Ferrari's and McLarens mentioned so far... they left it too late in qualifying.

Both big teams left it too late to get their drivers out before the rain worsened - the McLarens spinning and the Ferraris struggling, all of whom were on intermediate tyres.

Mercedes led the decision to go to full wets, but by the time McLaren cottoned on with Lewis Hamilton, Jensen had already suffered the rained and plunked his McLaren in the gravel.

The rear of the field features some pretty interesting names, so as the Red Bulls try to pull away at the front - we'll still have the thrill of the big guns in P17 -Button (20/1) P19 -Alonso (16/1) P20 - Hamilton (16/1) and P21 - Massa (33/1) all working their way through the field.

With rain on the cards for Sunday, we're lined up for an absolute cracker of a race, possibly better than Button's Albert Park victory.

Malaysia qualification results

Pos No Driver Team
1
6 Mark Webber RBR-Renault
2
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP
3
5 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault
4
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
5
10 Nico Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth
6
11 Robert Kubica Renault
7
9   Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth
8
3   Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP
9
23 Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari
10
15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes
11
12 Vitaly Petrov Renault
12
22 Pedro de la Rosa BMW Sauber-Ferrari
13
16 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari
14
17 Jaime Alguersuari STR-Ferrari
15
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth
16
24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth
17
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
18
18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth
19
Fernando Alonso Ferrari
20
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
21
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari
22
20 Karun Chan dhok HRT-Cosworth
23
21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth
24
25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth

 

 
 
 

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