Sebastian Vettel did it again today in another rain-affected qualifying session and grabbed his 38th pole position ahead of Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Storms are always looming around the Sepang circuit, and come the remaining few minutes of round 2 of qualifying, the track was too wet, leaving Grosjean knocked out along with Di Resta and both Saubers.

The final shoot out for pole was a damp affair, but Vettel was as level-headed as he is pointy fingered, making a last minute pit stop to change for some fresh intermediate tyres, head out and grab the final flying lap of the session.  Master stroke in terms of strategy.

With the top 10 qualifying on wet tyres, they have free-choice of which rubber to start on come Sunday and just as with Australia last week, the Malaysian GP looks to be a closely fought affair.

Raikkonen has suffered a blow to his victory hopes after stewards deemed that he blocked Nico Rosberg.  The Finn has received a 3 place grid penalty, demoting him to 10th.  Can he still fight at the front? Bring it on.

1Sebastian VettelRed Bull/Renault1'49.674-
2Felipe MassaFerrari1'50.5870.913
3Fernando AlonsoFerrari1'50.7271.053
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes1'51.6992.025
5Mark WebberRed Bull/Renault1'52.2442.57
6Nico RosbergMercedes1'52.5192.845
7Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Mercedes1'53.1753.501
8Adrian SutilForce India/Mercedes1'53.4393.765
9Sergio PŽerezMcLaren/Mercedes1'54.1364.462
10Kimi RaŠikkošnen*Lotus/Renault1'52.9703.296
11Romain GrosjeanLotus/Renault1'37.636-12.038
12Nico HuŸlkenbergSauber/Ferrari1'38.125-11.549
13Daniel RicciardoToro Rosso/Ferrari1'38.822-10.852
15Paul Di RestaForce India/Mercedes1'44.509-5.165
16Pastor MaldonadoWilliams/Renault--
17Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso/Ferrari1'38.157-11.517
18Valtteri BottasWilliams/Renault1'38.207-11.467
19Jules BianchiMarussia/Cosworth1'38.434-11.24
20Charles PicCaterham/Renault1'39.314-10.36
21Max ChiltonMarussia/Cosworth1'39.672-10.002
22G.van der GardeCaterham/Renault1'39.932-9.742
Vettel on top again - photo: Red Bull Media
Vettel on top again – photo: Red Bull Media

*Raikkonen handed  a 3-place grid penalty for blocking Nico Rosberg