Updated: Saturday, 29 March 2014 18:15 | By Agence France-Presse

Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix in a rain and crash-hit qualifying session on Saturday.


Hamilton on pole for Malaysian Grand Prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain walks inside his team garage during the second practice session ahead of the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang, outside Kuala Lumpur on March 28, 2014 - by Mohd Rasfan

Hamilton's 1 min 59.431 sec lap time beat world champion Sebastian Vettel into second place on the grid for Sunday's race, while championship leader Nico Rosberg will start third in the other Mercedes.

Qualifying was delayed for nearly an hour because of a heavy downpour and it was twice suspended for crashes.

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