After making it into Q2 with just one option tyre run each, both drivers showed good pace throughout the session.
Both Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson put in strong drives in the Sauber C34-Ferrari and managed to make it into Q3.
James Key: "Max did an outstanding job considering that we’ve never faced these conditions with him in the past and he nailed it."
Sahara Force India survived the rain storms in Sepang today.
Kimi Raikkonen, eleventh at the time in 1.42.173, was unable to make the cut into the top ten.
Daniel Ricciardo: "We’re behind Mercedes and Ferrari, but we are ahead of the Williams..."
Marcus Ericsson: "It has been a great weekend so far. I was able to finish every session in a top ten position,"
Valtteri Bottas: "I am a little disappointed with how the day turned out."
Dramatic afternoon session in Sepang sees Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg take first and third position during qualifying for tomorrow's Malaysian Grand Prix.
Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang in a rain-affected session.
Two pit stops expected for the majority of runners tomorrow.
Kimi Raikkonen:: "We know we are quick, but we need to improve in all sectors and, as for myself, I have to drive better.”
Vijay Mallya: "To have Nico and Checo within a thousandth of a second of each other shows that they really pushed the car to its limit."
James Key: “What’s important to highlight from today is the fact that it was both Max and Carlos’ first ever Formula 1 qualifying session."
Daniil Kvyat's qualifying was compromised by a gearbox issue and he is 13th on the start grid for tomorrow's Australian GP
Romain Grosjean end up with the ninth fastest time, and Pastor tenth quickest.
Felipe Nasr just missed out on Q3 and was 11th on tomorrow's grid at Albert Park.
Jenson Button: “It’s going to be a really difficult race for us – we haven’t done a race distance yet, and my longest run is 12 laps..."
The FW37 looked competitive in each qualifying session and Felipe Massa put together an excellent final flying lap in Q3 to take a second row position.
Lewis Hamilton on pole and Nico Rosberg second at Albert Park