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Hamilton handles rain soaked track to claim pole for Malaysia Grand Prix

Hamilton after getting pole for the 2012 Malaysia GP.
Hamilton after getting pole for the 2012 Malaysia GP.

Despite posting the fastest times during Friday’s practice runs, it will be Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton at the pole for tomorrow’s Malaysia Grand Prix, with Rosberg starting from 3rd. Not only did Hamilton manage to claim his 33rd pole (and second straight for the year), he did so during a torrential rainstorm by avoiding crashes on the slippery Sepang circuit, and holding off Sebastian Vettel, with a lap time of 1 min 59.431sec, 0.055 faster than Sebastian Vettel.

"Today was just incredible how much it rained before and then during the session, it was very, very tricky for everyone," particularly at the end, it was almost impossible to see. I tried to do my last lap but I couldn't see a thing," stated Vettel.

Rounding out the top 5 starters are Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, 4th after surviving a collision with Daniil Kvyat (18th); Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, 5th.
Both Alonso and Kvyat both escaped sanction after an inquiry into their crash.

Note: While Hamilton also won pole for the 2012 Malaysia GP (driving forMcLaren), he came in third at the finish.