The German youngster managed to post a blistering lap time of 1:36.435 around the Sepang International Circuit before rain hit during the second qualifying session. His time of 1:49.674 at the end of the third qualifying session was still the fastest by almost a second.
He will have his work cut out for him tomorrow, however, as the two Ferrari drivers, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso, have locked in the second and third positions on the grid, respectively.
Behind them is Mercedes AMG driver Lewis Hamilton, who took fourth on the grid, and fellow Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber rounding out the top five.
Mercedes AMG’s other driver, Nico Rosberg, will be at sixth on the grid tomorrow, followed by Lotus’ Kimi Räikkönen, winner of last weekend’s Australian Grand Prix, at seventh, McLaren’s Jenson Button at eighth, Force India’s Adrian Sutil at ninth and McLaren newcomer Sergio Perez at tenth.
The weather forecast for Sunday is hot and humid conditions, a peak temperature of 91 degrees F (33 degrees C) and a chance of a storm.
Pirelli has chosen its P Zero Orange hard and P Zero White medium tires for the race, but has its Cinturato Green intermediates and Cinturato Blue full wet tires in case the weather turns sour.
Going into tomorrow’s race, Kimi Räikkönen leads the Drivers’ Championship points table with 25 points, followed by Fernando Alonso with 18 points and Sebastian Vettel with 15 points.
In the Constructors’ Championship, Ferrari leads with 30 points, followed by Lotus on 26 points and Red Bull Racing on 23 points.
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