Marcus Ericsson will start inside the top ten for an F1 race for the first time in his career after cracking Q3 in his second outing for Sauber.

Fresh from his maiden points at the Australian Grand Prix opener, the former Caterham driver built on promise shown during practice by making it though into the final phase of qualifying.

Qualifying in tenth position, before being bumped up to ninth at the expense of the penalised Romain Grosjean, the Swede is confident he is in a position for more points from the Sepang race.

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"It has been a great weekend so far. I was able to finish every session in a top ten position, and we can be satisfied to have repeated that in Qualifying. In dry as well as wet conditions I felt comfortable in the car. At the end of Q3 we were quite close to our competitors, which is positive.

"It was another good day for us, so we can be happy with today's result. Tomorrow we have a promising chance to again score points."