Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe has admitted his amazement at Lewis Hamilton’s pole position lap at Sepang, which was meant to be a “trial lap”.
Lewis Hamilton managed to post fastest lap of 1:49.834 with Sebastian Vettel just less the a tenth slower. Nico Rosberg in third.
Bernie Ecclestone continues to verbally pummel the little team.
Nico Rosberg edges his teammate by almost two tenths. Kimi Raikkonen is in third.
Robert Fernley: "We obviously still have a lot of work to do ahead of qualifying, but from a learning perspective we’ve achieved a lot today.”
Fernando Alonso: "The car feels consistent and easy to drive, and it’s giving me the confidence to push it to the limit."
Daniil Kvyat: "There is definitely potential and things are looking better compared to Melbourne,"
Both Sauber C34-Ferraris ran without any major issues.