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2014 Point Standings
After Canada
Championship Standings:
1 Nico Rosberg 140
2 Lewis Hamilton 118
3 Daniel Ricciardo 79
4 Fernando Alonso 69
5 Sebastien Vettel 60
6 Nico Hulkenberg 57
7 Jenson Button 43
8 Valtteri Bottas 40
9 Kevin Magnussen 23
10 Sergio Perez 20
11 Felipe Massa 18
12 Kimi Raikkonen 18
13 Romain Grosjean 8
14 Jean-Eric Vergne 8
15 Daniil Kyvat 4
16 Jules Bianchi 1

Wins:
1 Lewis Hamilton 4
2 Nico Rosberg 2
3 Daniel Ricciardo 1

Pole Positions:
1 Lewis Hamilton 4
2 Nico Rosberg 3

Podium Finishes
1 Nico Rosberg 7
2 Lewis Hamilton 5
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3
4 Sebastien Vettel 2
T5 Jenson Button 1
T5 Kevin Magnussen 1
T5 Fernando Alonso 1
T5 Sergio Perez 1

Fastest Laps:
1 Nico Rosberg 3
T2 Lewis Hamilton 1
T2 Sebastien Vettel 1
T2 Kimi Raikkonen 1
T2 Felipe Massa 1

Laps Led:
1 Lewis Hamilton 227
2 Nico Rosberg 206
3 Daniel Ricciardo 3
4 Felipe Massa 2

Manufacturer Statistics:
Constructors Championship
:
1 Mercedes 258
2 Red Bull-Renault 139
3 Ferrari 87
4 Force-India Mercedes 77
5 McLaren-Mercedes 66
6 Williams-Mercedes 58
7 Toro-Rosso Renault 12
8 Lotus-Renault 8
9 Marussia-Ferrari 2
10 Sauber-Ferrari 0
11 Caterham-Renault 0

Wins
1 Mercedes 6
2 Red Bull Renault 1

Pole Positions:
1 Mercedes 7

Podium Finishes
1 Mercedes 12
2 Red Bull-Renault 5
3 McLaren-Mercedes 2
T4 Force-India Mercedes 1
T4 Ferrari 1

Qualifying
Red Bull-Renault
Daniel Ricciardo 5
Sebastian Vettel 2

Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton 4
Nico Rosberg 3

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso 5
Kimi Raikkonen 2

Lotus-Renault
Romain Grosjean 7
Pastor Maldonado 0

McLaren-Mercedes
Jenson Button 4
Kevin Magnussen 3

Force India-Mercedes
Nico Hulkenberg 5
Sergio Perez 2

Sauber-Ferrari
Esteban Gutierrez 4
Adrian Sutil 3

Toro Rosso-Renault
Daniil Kyvat 2
Jean-Eric Vergne 5

Williams-Mercedes
Valtteri Bottas 4
Felipe Massa 3

Marussia-Ferrari
Jules Bianchi 4
Max Chilton 3
Malaysia GP: Button puts Brawn on pole again

by Mark J. Cipolloni
Saturday, April 04, 2009

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"This is more special than Melbourne, as it's not easy to get two poles on the trot, I've never achieved that in my career.  It's great, and it shows the car works in different circumstances.  The car works okay for us in most circumstances.  The car still has the same old issues like it did when it was slow, it's just faster!  It's still having understeer, but we changed it overnight and it's improved it a lot, I feel very comfortable. Tomorrow is going to be very exciting." Jenson Button
Jenson Button put his Brawn Mercedes on pole for the 2nd straight F1 race in Sepang, Malaysia Saturday.  His time of 1m35.181s was just faster than Jarno Trulli's Toyota who clocked in at 1m35.273s.

F1's best driver by far in the best car, Sebastian Vettel, put his Red Bull third on the time sheets at 1m35.518s, but will start 10 grid positions down to P13 due to his penalty in Australia.  Rubens Barrichello (Brawn) and Timo Glock (Toyota) rounded out the top-5.  Barrichello will drop 5 spots to P9 on the grid as a result of his penalty.

With both Ferraris and McLarens down on the grid once again the F1 starting grid looks much different than in recent years.

"This is more special than Melbourne, as it's not easy to get two poles on the trot, I've never achieved that in my career," said Button 

"It's great, and it shows the car works in different circumstances.  The car works okay for us in most circumstances.  The car still has the same old issues like it did when it was slow, it's just faster!  It's still having understeer, but we changed it overnight and it's improved it a lot, I feel very comfortable. Tomorrow is going to be very exciting."

Felipe Massa and his crew committed a strategy catastrophe, comfortable to sit out the final 'Q1' dash but ultimately watching the field go quicker and strand him at sixteenth on the grid.

Massa said he blames "everybody" wearing red in the Sepang paddock this weekend for his atrocious qualifying result.

The Brazilian, despite the Ferrari F60 looking competitive on the Malaysian layout in practice, will line up just sixteenth on the grid after deliberately sitting out the final dash for pace in 'Q1'.

"The team thought it was enough to go through and maybe I thought the same, honestly.  In the end there was not enough time to go out again," he said.

Asked if he blames the team for the bad call, Massa answered: "I blame me, I blame the engineers, I blame everybody that was working (for Ferrari).  It is a Ferrari mistake and a wake-up call for us."

He said part of the problem could be Ferrari simply adjusting to no longer having the best car in F1, after a disastrous start to the season in Australia last week.

His teammate Kimi Raikkonen was quick enough only for ninth, after narrowly surviving a similar 'Q1' scare.

Kimi Raikkonen made a similar mistake but scraped through, ultimately however qualifying just ninth on the grid, despite being the pre-qualifying favorite.

Fernando Alonso told reporters after the session that his ear infection has improved overnight, but was disappointed with the Renault, admitting that tenth place "is what we deserve".

Both McLarens are outside of the top ten, and Toro Rosso's rookie Sebastien Buemi brings up the rear of the grid.

Trulli was happy with his 2nd place starting position.

"The team has done a fantastic job, we stayed away from traffic and the car was feeling good, so it has been a very successful day for us. The car feels strong now but I have to admit I wasn't sure I would be in this position after practice yesterday because it was quite difficult.

"I worked hard with my engineers to analyze the data and make some improvements to the set-up and we got it spot-on in qualifying. In a way it's a little disappointing to miss pole position by just a few hundredths but that's how close Formula 1 is at the moment. Compared to last year we are much more competitive this season and instead of fighting for the top six we are now here fighting in the top three. I hope for a strong race tomorrow and I will fight as hard as I can."

Eliminated in knockout round 1 were Felipe Massa, Giancarlo Fisichella, Sebastien Buemi, Nelson Piquet, and Adrian Sutil.

Eliminated in knockout round 2 were Sebastien Bourdias, Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton, Kaz Nakajima and Nick Heidfeld.

Timo Glock had good speed at Sepang on Saturday, and with Sebastian Vettel and Rubens Barrichello's grid penalties, the German moves his Toyota up to third on the grid for the Malaysian grand prix.

But he was way too fast in the pitlane in practice, caught by the FIA doing nearly 80kmh in the 60kmh zone.  The infraction costs him 4000 euros.

"Overall the qualifying went quite well and I'm happy to be starting third, said Glock.

"But I'm a bit frustrated with my final lap in Q3 because I was struggling a little bit to get used to how the car felt with a heavier fuel load. That meant I didn't get 100% out of the car. In Q2, on a light fuel load, I made a few mistakes on my first run but then I got it absolutely right on the second and I was really pleased with my lap. In the end it's a good result for the whole team to have two cars in the top three.

"It will be a tricky race and Jarno and I will push each other very hard but we also have to think about the weather because that could be a factor."

Nick Heidfeld went 3.7kmh over the limit in the same practice session, attracting a 800 euro fine.

The race starts Sunday morning early at 5:00 AM ET.  Pre-race coverage starts on SPEED at 4:30 AM.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:35.058 1:33.784 1:35.181
2. Trulli Toyota 1:34.745 1:33.990 1:35.273
3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:34.935 1:34.276 1:35.518
4. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:34.681 1:34.387 1:35.651
5. Glock Toyota 1:34.907 1:34.258 1:35.690
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:35.083 1:34.547 1:35.750
7. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:35.027 1:34.222 1:35.797
8. Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:35.166 1:34.562 1:36.106
9. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.476 1:34.456 1:36.170
10. Alonso Renault 1:35.260 1:34.706 1:37.659
11. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 1:35.110 1:34.769 -
12. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:35.341 1:34.788 -
13. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.280 1:34.905 -
14. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.023 1:34.924 -
15. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:35.507 1:35.431 -
16. Massa Ferrari 1:35.642 - -
17. Piquet Renault 1:35.708 - -
18. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:35.908 - -
19. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:35.951 - -
20. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.107 - -

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