Sebastian Vettel (1st, Q3 – 1m 34.870s)
“It was a challenging weekend until qualifying today. I was happy with the car, but we never really got into a rhythm.
“Yesterday wasn’t as smooth as we hoped for, but we knew the car had speed, so the main thing was to keep believing in it. In qualifying everything worked out straight away. It was very close in the end with the McLaren guys, so I’m happy to get pole.”
Mark Webber (3rd, Q3 – 1m 35.179s)
“I knew it would be very tight; everyone was on a single pace after the first flying lap on the option tyre in Q3.
“It was a better performance from me today compared to Melbourne and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I’m starting on the clean side of the grid and it should be an interesting race – I think there will be a lot of pit stops.”
Christian Horner, Red Bull team principal
“A great team performance today. To get first and third on the grid after a fascinating qualifying session, which was really tight with the McLarens today, is a great start to the weekend.”
Lewis Hamilton (2nd, Q3 – 1m 34.974s)
“That was an almost perfect lap – I lost a tenth-and-a-half in Turn 14 – so we’re much closer to the front than we’d anticipated”
“I have no doubt that we can overtake Red Bull in the development battle – it’s just a question of when. We have to keep pushing to bring new components to the races; we can push this car to the maximum.”
Jenson Button (4th, Q3 – 1m 35.200s)
“I just wish Q2 had been Q3, but it wasn’t! I had a touch more oversteer in Q3, but that’s the set-up direction I chose to take. If it’s a dry race, we really should be able to take the race to the Red Bulls.”
Fernando Alonso (5th, Q3 – 1m 35.802s)
“We weren’t quick enough in Australia and we are not here in Malaysia either.
“We have to stay calm and concentrated and, in the meantime, bring home as many points as possible.”
Stefano Domenicali, Ferrari team principal
“We know that, at the moment, we are not capable of fighting for pole position: two teams are currently quicker than us. Our aim therefore was to be right behind them on the starting grid tomorrow and we managed to do that.
Sure, we cannot be pleased with being a second off the pole time, but at the moment we have to be on the defensive”
Nick Heidfeld (6th, Q3 – 1m 36.124s)
“I’m very satisfied as I think it’s the maximum we could have achieved, especially looking back at Friday where we didn’t do many laps at all and didn’t have a lot of time to set up the car.”
Vitaly Petrov (8th, Q3 – 1m 36.324s)
“To get in the top ten today is a good result considering the track time we lost yesterday.
“For the race, anything can happen, but it’s clear that looking after the tyres will be very important because the degradation is very high here.”
Ross Brawn, Mercedes GP team principal
“We had a difficult qualifying session today. We’re still struggling with the consistency of the car and are not giving Nico and Michael the best chance to show what they could achieve.
“It will be a challenging race tomorrow, unless the weather or other events play a part in creating opportunities.”
Norbert Haug, vice-president, Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
“Ninth and 11th positions on the fifth and sixth row of the grid are not the results that we have been aiming for.”
Kamui Kobayashi (10th, Q3 – 1m 36.820s)
“I’m quite happy with today’s qualifying. Of course I was hoping to improve a bit on my very last run but I think there wasn’t more to get out of the car today.
“The race will be very interesting, especially in terms of tyre degradation in the heat. I am certainly aiming for points.”
Sergio Perez (16th, Q2 – 1m 37.528s)
“I am a bit disappointed because we had the potential for Q3 if I had got my final lap right. On my second run in Q2 I was caught in traffic on my out lap.
“It will be a demanding race, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
Sebastien Buemi (12th, Q2 – 1m 37.160s)
“I had a problem in Q1, when the left sidepod came off, but the mechanics worked well to fit a new one very quickly.
I am satisfied, because in twelfth, we are not far off the Mercedes and quite close to Q3.”
Giorgio Ascanelli, Toro Rosso technical director
“I am happy to be ahead of Force India and I feel Sebastien did a good job this afternoon and is where he should be, which means he can have a strong race tomorrow.”
Paul di Resta (14th, Q2 – 1m 37.370s)
“It was a very good job done by the team and equally, I think it was a very good lap by myself!
But tomorrow is going to be a long race, in tricky weather conditions, but I am certainly getting more excited now about our progress.”
Adrian Sutil (17th, Q2 – 1m 37.593s)
“The first qualifying session was not too bad I think and I felt quite positive. But we did not improve too much in the second session, which I was a little surprised about and we had a problem with a mis-shift.”
Rubens Barrichello (15th, Q2 – 1m 37.496s)
“We don’t seem to have the pace we need in qualifying. We were stronger in Melbourne and so we need to analyse why and see where we are in the race.
“All things considered, my lap was ok, in fact it was probably one of my best laps around Malaysia but it wasn’t good enough to counteract the performance of the car today. Whether we get rain or a steady run in a dry race we’ll be going for points.”
Pastor Maldonado (18th, Q1 – 1m 38.276s)
“That was a difficult session and we definitely didn’t expect to be out in Q1.
“The car wasn’t feeling as good as it was this morning. I had a bit of traffic as well so I didn’t get a clean lap. There’s no reason why we can’t get into the points.”
Sam Michael, Williams technical director
“That certainly wasn’t the qualifying session we were aiming for, but we struggled to get more out of the FW33 today.
“Tomorrow’s race will be interesting, whether that’s due to potentially wet weather or the number of pit stops made in the dry. Our focus is to score points.”
Heikki Kovalainen (19th, Q1 – 1m 38.645s)
“That was a great session for us and I’m really pleased with how we’ve performed.
“There’s still a bit more to come so I think tomorrow will be a really interesting race for us, particularly when you see how close we are to the midfield, and with the pace we know the car has in race trim.”
Jarno Trulli (20th, Q1 – 1m 38.791s)
“Today’s performance is obviously a lot more positive for the whole team. We had no issues with the car in either session and I think we got pretty close to showing what the car can really do.
“It is a long and very hot race where anything can happen but I think we are ready for it, so let’s see how it goes.”
Tony Fernandes, Lotus team principal
“Words cannot express how happy and overjoyed I am right now. To see 18 months of hard work come good with us finishing within a couple of tenths of teams that have been around for a long time, and less than a second away from the midfield pack, that is an amazing achievement.”
Jerome D’Ambrosio (22nd, Q1 – 1m 41.001s)
“I’m very pleased with the job we’ve done today. It’s definitely a step forward and I did a much better job than in Melbourne. I’ve learned a lot.”
Vitantonio Liuzzi (23rd, Q1 – 1m 41.549s)
“It’s great for everyone that we were well under 107 percent. We proved that in Australia the problem wasn’t a matter of pace but a matter of time out on the track.
“I think we can still improve, I did a good lap and this is the result: we will be on the grid tomorrow”.
Narain Karthikeyan (24th, Q1 – 1m 42.574s)
“We made it through qualifying which was our aim for today. The car is virtually brand new so it’s good to get some more mileage done.
“They’re forecasting rain for tomorrow so you never know what will happen out there.”
Colin Kolles, HRT team principal
“We made the next step by qualifying into the race. This was our target: to qualify and to be able to do more laps. By doing more miles we are understanding the F111 better and our drivers are getting more and more out of it.”