F1: Malaysian GP Qualifying Result
1. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Renault-Renault 01:33.840
2. Jenson Button Britain Honda-Honda 01:33.986
3. Nico Rosberg Germany Williams-Cosworth 01:34.626
4. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 01:34.668 #
5. Mark Webber Australia Williams-Cosworth 01:34.672
6. Juan Pablo Montoya Colombia McLaren-Mercedes 01:34.916
7. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 01:34.983
8. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault 01:35.747
9. Christian Klien Austria Red Bull-Ferrari 01:38.715
10. Ralf Schumacher Germany Toyota-Toyota no time Q3 #
11. David Coulthard Britain Red Bull-Ferrari 01:34.614 #
12. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Honda-Honda 01:34.683 #
13. Jarno Trulli Italy Toyota-Toyota 01:34.702
14. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BMW Sauber 01:34.752
15. Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 01:34.783
16. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari no time Q2 ##
17. Scott Speed American Toro Rosso-Cosworth 01:36.297*
18. Vitantonio Liuzzi Italy Toro Rosso-Cosworth 01:36.581*
19. Christijan Albers Holland Midland-Toyota 01:37.426
20. Tiago Monteiro Portugal Midland-Toyota 01:37.819
21. Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:39.011
22. Yuji Ide Japan Super Aguri-Honda 01:40.720
all times unofficial
[* denotes restricted V10 engine; all others V8]
# denotes ten-place penalty pending for engine change
Top ten times determined in third and final 20-minute session; remaining drivers eliminated six at a time in two previous 15-minute sessions
No surprises, but Schumi cuts it fine.
Unlike Bahrain, there were no surprise inclusions in the first cut from qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix, although Michael Schumacher had to rely on the chequered flag to avoid making an ignominious early exit.
The German was stranded in the pits, and in 16th position on the timesheets, when the flag came down, ending the session immediately, regardless of where drivers were on track. Toto Rosso's Tonio Liuzzi was the man most likely to condemn the seven-time world champion to the drop, but found himself half a lap short of completing his mission.
That left the Italian as the fastest of the six men cut from part two of the new-look session, joining Toro Rosso team-mate Scott Speed - who had looked likely to survive until the very final stages - Midlands Christijan Albers and Tiago Monteiro and the Super Aguri duo Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide on the sidelines.
If there was a surprise in the 15-minute session it was that Schumacher's team-mate Felipe Massa attempted to set a time, the Brazilian winding up fifth fastest, despite knowing that he will have to take a ten-place penalty for changing engines before the weekend. Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard will all also have to take a penalty, but Massa had indicated that he would not take part in qualifying in an attempt to save his engine and tyres for the race.
For the record, Juan Montoya posted the fastest time of the session, in 1min 34.536secs.