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Hamilton, Ferraris out in Q1

Q1 shock as Lewis Hamilton and both Ferraris fail to progress.
Lewis Hamilton and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa have all gone out in the opening qualifying session ahead of this Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Rain created chaos in Q1 and McLaren and Ferrari both left it too late to set times to progress. Initially it looked as if the rain would clear, but then another storm hit the track, and that left Hamilton, Alonso and Massa in the drop zone.

Jenson Button also had problems, and while he put in a time to get through to Q2, spun off into the gravel and was unable to continue. He will take no further part in qualifying.

Jarno Trulli also failed to make it through to the next part of qualifying in his Lotus, as did the Hispania cars of Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok. Lucas di Grassi was late get out as his mechanics were still working on his Virgin car.

Robert Kubica was quickest for Renault - on a 1m 46.283s - followed by Pedro de la Rosa, Sebastian Vettel and Vitaly Petrov. Kamui Kobayashi completed the top five.

More to follow after Q2...

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Jen - Unregistered

April 03, 2010 9:52 AM

Could be a great race with all that lot at the back end of the grid. Hamilton and Alonso are pretty handy at overtaking. Can't wait to watch them both clawing their way through.

Alan D - Unregistered

April 03, 2010 12:39 PM

Gow, fully agree that Whitmarsh is not doing a good job. The drivers are doing a good job on the track, the engineers have built a great car, but so often the results are compromised by bad strategy calls in training and in the race. They won last race by a great/lucky strategy call, but that was down to the driver, not the strategists. With rain today, with LH's tyres last week, the strategists were relying too much on the computer, and not enough on what their eyes would tell them.

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