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Hamilton claims Malaysian GP pole

Lewis Hamilton will start the Malaysian Grand Prix from pole position, heading another McLaren front row.
McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button will again line up 1-2 for a grand prix in 2012, after annexing the front row for the second round of the championship in Malaysia.

Hamilton again had the luxury of aborting his second run as those behind him failed to find enough time to depose the Briton, but Button had to dig deep after successive laps from Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber and Kimi Raikkonen pushed him back to fifth. Although the Lotus man was due to take a penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change, Button produced the goods, summoning up a final lap good enough to bring him within a couple of tenths of Hamilton.

Schumacher will line up third, one place up on his Australian grid slot, with Webber completing row two after again out-gunning world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The German will be the first to benefit from Raikkonen's punishment by moving into fifth, ahead of Romain Grosjean, a disappointed Nico Rosberg - who sole lap was again scruffy - and Fernando Alonso. Raikkonen slots into tenth behind Sauber's Sergio Perez, this week's surprise inclusion in the shoot-out.

Full report and times to follow....

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24.03.2012- Saturday Practice, Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus F1 Team E20
24.03.2012- Saturday Practice, Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W03
23.03.2012- Free Practice 2, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren Mercedes MP4-27
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Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 W08. 
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 W08. 
Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes Petronas AMG F1 W08. 

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Spiney - Unregistered

March 24, 2012 9:24 AM

Well done to Michael Schumacher for his 3rd place in qualifying. Hope he can keep up the pace in the race. Not bad for an old has been really, especially as there are 20+ youngsters behind him !

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