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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Vettel 2nd, Rosberg 3rd
  2. Rosberg blocks Hamilton on fast lap
  3. Torrential rain and thunderstorms delay session
  4. Raikkonen out in Q2 as rain arrives, Hamilton just makes Q3 in 8th
  5. Both McLarens and Manors out in Q1
  6. Relive P3 & Qualifying in 'Live Coverage' tab

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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Lewis Hamilton is in pole position to extend his lead in the championship but second for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari's increasingly impressive performances have certainly added a bit of spice for tomorrow's race. Throw in the unpredictable weather, and could Mercedes be in for an uncomfortable time?

Only one way to find out, join us for live coverage from 06:00 BST, and don't oversleep because remember, the clocks go forward one hour (UK-based readers!) Until then, goodbye.

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Missed qualifying? You will be able to watch a re-run on BBC One and online from 14:00 GMT.

Lauren: Vettel splits the Mercedes to start from the front row. Fingers crossed for a brilliant GP - shame I can't watch it live!

Lewis McFarlane: It pains me to say it but Rosberg simply isn't good enough to challenge Hamilton at the moment.

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Sebastian Vettel has put Ferrari in unfamiliar territory. They'll start on the front row for the first time since Felipe Massa put them there back in 2013, also at the Malaysian GP, a race Vettel won.

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Incidentally, Jos Verstappen, pictured above, finished third in that 1994 Belgian GP, when he qualified sixth. What an achievement it would be if his son Max gets on the podium tomorrow.

The 17-year-old is also firmly on course to become the youngest-ever points scorer in Formula 1, not that he has to worry about achieving that any time soon. He still has TWO YEARS to eclipse current record holder Daniil Kvyat (19 years 324 days).

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Two races in and the tensions in the Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg relationship are showing?

The two had, shall we say, a 'moment' in qualifying when Rosberg appeared not to give much room to Hamilton to pass when he was on a big lap. Hamilton backed off once he got ahead of Rosberg, and asked about that moment the Briton claimed to "not remember" it.

Formula 1 journalist Sarah Holt: What's the prep plan for teenager Max Verstappen starting sixth for Toro Rosso? He's going to watch videos of race starts with Dad Jos!

Like father, like son

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Another impressive stat regarding Max Verstappen. In just his second race, he has equalled his dad's best-ever grid position when Jos started from sixth at the 1994 Belgian GP for Benetton. That'll be one proud dad tonight.

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Pace ace Ferrari

Pole position for Lewis Hamilton was the 40th of his career and he'll be buoyed by the fact that he has converted his last seven poles into race wins. Ferrari, though, will fancy themselves to give Hamilton a run for his money. Their long-run pace on Friday was impressive, and Sebastian Vettel is in prime position to utilise that in tomorrow's race and have a real go at victory.

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Performance of the day?

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By qualifying sixth, 17-year-old Max Verstappen secured the highest qualifying position by a teenage driver since Ricardo Rodriguez started on the front row for Ferrari at the 1961 Italian GP.

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Nico Rosberg, who will start from third: "Third is not good for tomorrow but that is the way it is. It was interesting conditions out there, I have seldom had so much grip in wet conditions. Third is on the clean side of the grid, so that should help me get past Sebastian Vettel at the start."

'The rain can mix things up'

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Sebastian Vettel, who will start from second: "You never know [how tomorrow could go]. Just look outside, when it starts to rain here it can mix up things. It was an interesting qualifying session, the car felt good in both conditions and the car looked good on long runs in practice. We will see what we can do tomorrow."

'Fantastic job by the team'

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Lewis Hamilton, who will start on pole: "I think the first lap was good, it's always difficult in conditions like that and not one of us have driven in the wet this weekend. You don't want to take too much risk. The next one was up and then we lost some but generally it was a fantastic job by the team."

That top three is a carbon copy of last year, with Sebastian Vettel - then of Red Bull - splitting the two Mercedes in qualifying.

On that occasion, Lewis Hamilton secured pole and converted that into victory.

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Mercedes

THE GRID

11) Raikkonen 12) Maldonado 13) Hulkenberg 14) Perez 15) Sainz 16) Nasr 17) Button 18) Alonso

THE GRID

1 Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Rosberg 4) Ricciardo 5) Kvyat 6) Verstappen 7) Massa 8) Grosjean 9) Bottas 10) Ericsson

Nico Rosberg cannot improve with his final lap and he will line up third on the grid but how about this from Max Verstappen, the 17-year-old secures sixth in only his second grand prix!

And he still cannot drive in his home country unless accompanied by a driving license holder...

Chequered flag

LEWIS HAMILTON SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX.

Lewis Hamilton fails to beat his personal best in P2 as he passes Felipe Massa, meanwhile Sebastian Vettel is up to second...

The chequered flag is out and everyone is on their final lap. Lewis Hamilton fastest at the moment...

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer in Sepang

"Ooh. That's naughty. Rosberg delays Hamilton on his flier, Hamilton backs off after a purple first sector."

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Lewis Hamilton is fastest of all in the first sector but backs off after being given little room when trying to pass his team-mate Nico Rosberg at Turn 7.

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Daniel Ricciardo: "Inters are the way to go I reckon."

Nico Rosberg nudges down Sebastian Vettel with a 1:51.066 while Daniel Ricciardo is sixth fastest, ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Marcus Ericsson. No time yet for Romain Grosjean, Valtteri Bottas (pictured) and Felipe Massa with three minutes to go.

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The inters look to be quicker and Valtteri Bottas opts out of his lap to make the switch to them. Lewis Hamilton, on the inters, is fastest with 1:49.834 ahead of Sebastian Vettel but impressive work from rookie Max Verstappen, third with 1:52.896 with his first experience of a grand prix weekend in the wet.

Out lap done for Valtteri Bottas and he embarks on a timed lap on the full wets.

Final qualifying starts

The green light is on at the end of the pit lane and out head the 10 cars for these final 12 minutes. Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are on intermediate tyres.

David Coulthard

BBC F1 co-commentator

"If you go straight at it on the Inter tyres there is always a risk you can make a mistake."

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Brian Pigott: You may as well say when it rains F1 completely stops. This never happened in the '90s this ruins F1 - shame.

The session will definitely resume at 10:15 GMT and both Williams head down to the end of the pit lane on full wets.

This delay means a lot of hanging about for the drivers. Some prefer to remain in their cars...

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...others opt to stretch their legs and go for a wander. Four minutes to go, all being well.

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Williams

BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: 1803 local: Rain showing clear signs of fading away now, so a more positive outlook. Track temp now 38.8C.

Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified 11th: "We got it wrong. We should have been out earlier but that is how it is. The lap time is there or thereabouts so we expected to be strong in qualifying. We finally find some speed and this happens, that's part of the game but it is disappointing."

A reminder that Will Stevens failed to get out in qualifying, while his Manor team-mate Roberto Merhi failed to get within 107% of the best time in Q1, meaning it will be down to the stewards to determine if they can race on Sunday. Another race where the full field does not start on the cards?

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Mr Rae: I don't share Alonso or Button's faith that the car will come good! It's not good enough, it really isn't!

Adam Swinden: Despite what he says, Alonso has got to be regretting his move to McLaren with a qualifying performance like that.

James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"The light levels will begin to drop - and they don't want it to be too dangerous."

Race controls confirms that the earliest qualifying will get resume is at 10:15 GMT. That's 18:00 in Malaysia, meaning the light will increasingly become a factor.

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The safety car is deployed to check the track conditions. It is kicking up a lot of spray, but it still very warm and not much rain at the moment means it should start drying pretty quickly.