Dramatic afternoon session in Sepang sees Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take first and third position during qualifying for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Nico Rosberg topped the times during the morning session, with Lewis Hamilton claiming top spot in the afternoon.
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Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg second at Albert Park
Nico Rosberg topped the opening session by just three hundredths of a second from Lewis Hamilton in P2.
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Nico Rosberg: "We are very optimistic. Now, I look forward to flying to Australia and getting back to racing."
Lewis Hamilton: "It wasn't a particularly spectacular day."
Today's schedule consisted of aero analysis work in the morning, followed by setup evaluation in the afternoon.
The F1 W06 Hybrid remained in the garage after lunch owing to an MGUK failure.
Nico Rosberg is scheduled to take the wheel of the F1 W06 Hybrid tomorrow for the final day of the test.
The top five best times from today's running would have been good enough for pole position at the 2014 Spanish Grand Prix!
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