for the first time ever at this track mclaren are on pole with hamilton and button on the front row, with hamilton determined to not lose the race at the first corner again tomorrow.
the heat will change things a bit compared to last week, the drivers who last week complained of being unable to get their tyres hot enough to work quickly may have less difficulty here.
the straight line speed advantage that mercedes and mclaren have compared to red bull is amplified due to the long straights of sepang. therefore rosberg may well finish higher than the disappointing 8th where he qualified.
excellent work from Schumacher to start 3rd tho. kimi qualifies higher than grosjean but takes a 5 place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.
HRT manage to get both cars fast enough to qualify so there'll be more backmarkers to clear for the front runners, which is always nice for a bit of added spice.