Malaysian Grand Prix Qualifying LIVE: Hamilton on pole, Vettel to start 20th

Daniel Ricciardo- Red Bull Racing. Credit Octane

"Somehow we turned it around". "We did end up with completely different cars to Lewis and at the end it seemed to be working for him and not so well for me", said the Finn.

It comes after the Ferrari driver was involved in a chain reaction crash at the start of the Singapore Grand Prix that ultimately forced him out of the race, while Hamilton won to extend his lead to 28 points.

"It's part of motor racing", Vettel told Sky Sports. "We got a clean go to race", he said.

Hamilton offered his condolences to Vettel and admitted he was not expecting to be celebrating his fifth pole position in Malaysia after his weekend leading into qualifying.

"When you get that close it's a disappointment", he said. "The key area we are going to need to focus on tonight will be getting the maximum out of the tyres over one lap".

"Overtaking here is more straight-forward but, if you have a quick car you can produce big drivers, let's see where it can take us". The 2017 Formula One season will move to the Suzuka Circuit for the Japanese Grand Prix next weekend.

"It was interesting in these conditions but it was actually nice to get these runs in the wet and dry today.This afternoon, we weren't that competitive looking at Ferrari, but it looked like Mercedes struggled aswell".

Vettel added: "We had the issue this morning and we decided to change the engine".

In the second part of qualifying, everything was completed for Mass and Strella (both Williams), Palmer ("Reno"), Sainz and went Out, who sat behind the wheel of the car Toro Rosso is Russian Kvyat.

Vettel's failure in the qualifying means that he will have to start Sunday's session from the very last of the grid.

Esteban Ocon: "It was a strange day". McLaren Honda's Stoffel Vandroone and Renault's Nico Hulkenberg finished 7-8 on Saturday and will thus start from the fourth row of the grid. "The race is tomorrow not today".

He will be starting at the back of the field when the race starts on Sunday.

"We saved a lot of tyres, we can choose the strategy so there are lots of positives", he said.

Daniel Ricciardo was the only exception, the Australian Red Bull Racing driver instead using the quickest compound, though he nonetheless set the slowest time of the top-team drivers.

"There was a lot of work done overnight at the factory and the track to try and understand the limitations we encountered on Friday, and propose changes to be evaluated during FP3". Fernando Alonso, who vaulted up the order on a rapidly drying track to end the first session third, was an impressive fifth for McLaren.

"But it is also natural that a bit more practice, routine, you get better in whatever you have to do".

"It is (the perfect situation for me)".

Sauber duo Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson qualified ahead of Vettel in P18 and P19, while Haas partners Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen were eliminated in P16 and P17 respectively.