Sepang (Malaysia): Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel snatched pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday in the dying seconds of a dramatic qualifying session which was thrown into chaos by rain.
In his final run on a drying track, Vettel stormed across the line in a time of 1min 49.674sec, pipping Ferrari drivers Felipe Massa (1:50.587) and Fernando Alonso (1:50.727) with Mercedes pilot Lewis Hamilton fourth.
Red Bull's Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg of Mercedes will start Sunday's race from fifth and sixth. Kimi Raikkonen, last week's winner in Australia, timed seventh but was hit with a three-place grid penalty for impeding Rosberg.
McLaren's Jenson Button will occupy the fourth row alongside Force India's Adrian Sutil, with McLaren's new recruit Sergio Perez -- second for Sauber in last year's rain-interrupted race -- starting ninth and Raikkonen 10th.
Malaysia's ever-present tropical showers had disrupted Friday practice, and clouds were again looming ominously as qualifying got under way.
With track temperatures at a sizzling 41 degrees Celsius (106 Fahrenheit), Sutil set the pace in Q1 with the Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber trailing in 15th and ninth respectively.


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