Red Bull once again underlined their pre-eminence in this season’s Formula One campaign with an impressive showing in the Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying.
Germany’s Sebastian Vettel’s again claimed pole, albeit not as resoundingly as he had done in his previous outing in Australia.
Vettel finished just slightly over a tenth of a second ahead of Britain’s Lewis Hamilton in his McClaren, with Vettel’s German team mate Mark Webber finishing a further fifth of a second behind and followed closely by another Brit, Jenson Button in the second McClaren. The remaining positions in the top six were filled by Spain’s Fernando Alonso in his Ferrari, and the German Nick Heidfeld for Renault.
It all bodes well once again for Red Bull and Vettel, currently leading the Constructor’s and Driver’s standings, and having claimed an astonishing 17 poles in the last 21 races, Red Bull can indeed afford to look toward the rest of the season with some confidence, despite the recent recovery of McClaren.
In recent days, McClaren team and drivers have been downplaying their chances of overhauling Red Bull, and it would be hard to argue with them based on today’s events