Malaysian Grand Prix
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel after qualifying. Hamilton qualified in first place with Vettel and Rosberg in second and third place respectivelyReuters

Following a terrific start to the 2015 Formula One season in Australia, the action moves to Asia as teams and drivers battle for points and supremacy at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton just managed to beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to the pole position in the wet conditions at the Sepang International Circuit.

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg had to settle for third, with a time of 1:50.299, behind Vettel and Hamilton, who recorded a time of 1:49.908 and 1:49.834 respectively.

Red Bull Racing duo Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat finished in the fourth and fifth place respectively, followed by Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen and Williams' Felipe Massa.

Hamilton, who says that he is happy to secure the pole position at Sepang, insists that get off to a good start on Sunday will be very crucial.

"I'm very happy with the pole lap," Hamilton told ESPN. "It's not the easiest place to overtake so the start will be crucial - especially with the long run down to Turn One."

The Brighton feels that the race will be very interesting especially with Ferrari looking very competitive.

"Ferrari have made some big improvements and it's great to be lining up alongside a four time World Champion, so it should be an interesting race."

Vettel also feels that his team will be able to give some stiff competition to Mercedes due to the circuit suiting their car.

"I think the target for Sunday is to extract the best race we can, and then we go from there. The nature of the track suits our car well, I expect nothing else than to be very strong tomorrow," the German told ESPN.

"Mercedes is very strong and has an advantage, but it would be nice to give them a hard time tomorrow, it has been a bit too chilled for them in the last months."

Meanwhile, Rosberg despite admitting that Hamilton and Vettel were better than him today, insists that he a good chance on Sunday.

"Lewis did well and especially Sebastian, who was surprising in the Ferrari, so hats off for him," Rosberg told ESPN.

But I think I have a good chance tomorrow at the start as I will be on the clean side of the grid. I will try to attack Seb off the line and then there are some good opportunities also to catch Lewis. So I very much look forward to the race. I will push hard."

Last season, Hamilton managed to emerge victorious in the Malaysian Grand Prix with a time of 1:40:25.974s following by his teammate Rosberg and Vettel, who finished +17.313 and +24.534 behind the Brighton.

Race Start (Sunday): 3pm local time, 12:30pm, IST, 7am GMT.

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