Brawn, Toyota, Red Bull… it’s definitely a case of changing of the guard at the end of pole day for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Ferrari, McLaren and Renault all out of the picture. Jenson makes a career first with two pole positions on the trot. We’re racing in interesting times, no doubt about it.
The biggest shock has to be Ferrari’s Felipe Massa not even getting into Q2, with the team believing they were comfortable enough to stay in the garage rather than send him out for a quicker run. They watched on as many of the other runners banged in quicker and quicker lap times, knocking Massa back into 16th spot. Pride does indeed come before a fall.
Lewis Hamilton has looked dejected for the past few days due to his and McLaren’s error over the Trulli incident, all of which seems to have taken its toll on the reigning World Champion. His car still isn’t fast enough, either – he’s back in 13th, with teammate Heikki Kovalainen one place behind him.
Sebastian Vettel qualified his Red Bull into third, but due to a 10 place grid drop penalty over his hand in the accident with BMW’s Robert Kubica last weekend, he’ll now be starting in 13th. This would have promoted Brawn’s Rubens Barrichello to third, but he himself is carrying a five place drop penalty after having to change his gearbox, so Trulli’s Toyota teammate Timo Glock will be up there come the race.
Nico Rosberg and his Williams are up to fourth, followed by Webber, Kubica, Raikkonen, Alonso, Heidfeld and Nakajima.
Tomorrow’s race is set up to be awesome, so give us your predictions… After last weekend’s performance, you’d be hard pressed not to put your money on Button though, right?