Qualifying session for the 2016 Malaysian GP was filled with some excitement in Q3. Once again, the battle for first and second was between Mercedes drivers. Lewis Hamilton secured pole position with relative ease, however, there was a minor scare with Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg made a few mistakes which saw him down in the fifth position. A last run in the ending stage saw him improve his lap time, however, another mistake in the last corner ruined his chance for one more pole position.
The second row has been blocked by Red Bull Racing drivers. Max Verstappen once again out qualified teammate Daniel Ricciardo. They are followed by Scuderia Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in fifth and sixth places respectively.
Jenson Button qualified in ninth position for McLaren-Honda at his 300th GP. Felipe Massa in the Williams was tenth fastest, unfortunately, neither Toro Rosso drivers made it to Q3. Perez and Hulkenberg secured seventh and eighth places for Sunday's Malaysian GP.
Fernando Alonso picked up a 45 place grid penalty, which means he would start from the back. McLaren-Honda restricted his run in an attempt to save his engine's potential for the race. Alonso's McLaren-Honda has received several updates, which should help him in Malaysia.