Lewis Hamilton on pole as Sebastian Vettel starts at back in Malaysia
Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix as rival Sebastian Vettel suffered another blow to his title hopes.
Two weeks after Hamilton opened a 28-point lead over the Ferrari driver with victory in Singapore as Vettel crashed out, the German will start last at Sepang.
Vettel suffered an engine problem in final practice and although it was changed for qualifying, it did not run properly.
Hamilton fought off a challenge by Vettel’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen despite Mercedes struggling all weekend in Malaysia.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was third fastest from team-mate Daniel Ricciardo while Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas could manage only fifth, 0.682secs adrift.