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Live Reporting

Gary Rose

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    Lewis Hamilton

    No better way to finish than with that comment just below. If Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg finish tomorrow's race where they start, then the gap in the title race will be down to just one point. The heat is very much on in Malaysia.

    Join us for build up to the race from 06:30 BST tomorrow. I'll leave you with Andrew Benson's qualifying report. Until next time, goodbye.

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    Video caption: Formula 1: All you need to know ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix
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    Bishop Yinkus: Six races to go, six big fights to come @F1 can not be better than this. 

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    It's a big test for Lewis Hamilton tomorrow. He has more pole positions than any other drivers this season with eight but he has kept a lap-one lead just twice in his previous seven pole position starts.

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    Nick Hughes: Here's hoping for a wet race tomorrow to shake #Mercedes off the front for either a Button or #Ferrari win.  

    Rachel T: Nothing wrong with either car and HAM thumps ROS. Now for the clutch tomorrow! 

  5. 'It will be close'

    More from Lewis Hamilton, about the threat of the Red Bull and the Ferraris: "They will be very quick. If the conditions are like this the track is better, a lot smoother, and it will be close for sure because they have good long runs."

  6. 'Race pace is promising'

    Max Verstappen, who qualified third: “I don’t know if we can beat them (Mercedes). This weekend there has been positive changes after Singapore. Long race pace is promising, we needed to improve the short work today and we did that.”

  7. 'Still optimistic'

    Nico Rosberg, who took second: "I was going for pole, what else would I be doing out there? I woluld have come close but made a mistake at the last corner. I couldn't get the settings right at the last corner. Second place doesn't mean victory is not possible, we have seen that many times. I am still optimistic for tomorrow."

    Nico Rosberg (left) qualified second for the Malaysian Grand Prix
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    Lewis Hamilton just trying to deliver a little psychological blow to Nico Rosberg with that "could have been faster" line there...

  9. 'Could have been faster'

    Lewis Hamilton, who took pole position: "Definitely pleased. Big thanks to all fans who turned up. A lot of British flags. Secondly, huge thanks to the team. We have improved. We’ve come here with the best the car has been this year. Great work done coming into this weekend. Could have been a faster lap."

    Lewis Hamilton
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    Three successive pole positions for Lewis Hamilton and four in total. He is now second in the all-time list in Malaysia behind Michael Schumacher (five).

    Just one victory for the Briton though.

    Lewis Hamilton driving for McLaren in 2012
    Image caption: Lewis Hamilton's first Malaysian GP pole position was in 2012 when he was driving for McLaren. It was also McLaren's first and only pole position in Malaysia
  11. Top work JB

  12. Qualifying - the rest

    11) Bottas 12) Grosjean 13) Gutierrez 14) Magnussen 15) Kvyat 16) Sainz 17) Ericsson 18) Nasr 19) Palmer 20) Econ 21) Wehrlein 22) Alonso

    Daniel Kvyat
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    Jack Nicholls

    Radio 5 live Formula 1 commentator

    Rosberg will be frustrated with how that turned out because he is a long way off his team-mate.

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    Mark Gallagher

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    That was a superb performance from Hamilton while Rosberg was lucky to get away with that mishap at the last corner. That lap was all about damage limitations for Rosberg.

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    Ashley Wilkinson: 6/10s down in Singapore, Lewis goes 4/10s up with a record lap next time out. Hope Mercedes have given him a working clutch now..  

  16. Qualifying top 10

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Verstappen 4) Ricciardo 5) Vettel 6) Raikkonen 7) Perez 8) Hulkenberg 9) Button 10) Massa

    Qualifying at the Malaysian Grand Prix
  17. Chequered flag

    Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix. 

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    Max Verstappen crosses the line, third quickest...

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    ...and the German goes second quickest, a wobble at the final corner costs him a bit of time and he crosses the line four tenths down on Lewis Hamilton, who is all set to clinch pole here.