Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysian Grand Prix pole 

Lewis Hamilton takes Malaysian Grand Prix pole 

Lewis Hamilton scored a comfortable pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix, as championship leader Nico Rosberg salvaged a front row start from a troubled end to qualifying.

Hamilton clocked a 1m32.850s best on his first run in Q3, which proved easily good enough for pole, despite Hamilton having to abort his second run in Q3.

His Mercedes team-mate Rosberg eventually qualified second fastest, over four tenths adrift of his title rival. The points leader was only fifth fastest after the first runs, having run wide at Turn 6, but he rallied later to beat Max Verstappen’s Red Bull to a front row spot by 0.156 seconds.

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