Lewis Hamilton made it two poles in two races after overcoming tricky wet conditions in Malaysia, although in the end he was pushed hard by Sebastian Vettel, who took a close second.
Fernando Alonso repaid the hard work of the Ferrari mechanics by earning fourth place on the Malaysian GP grid after a collision with Daniil Kvyat in Q2.
Alonso suffered left front suspension damage, but the team managed to replace the broken part and get him out shortly after the session restarted.
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday to tie the record for most qualifying wins by a British driver in Formula One.
Tropical rains delayed the start of qualifying for 50 minutes, but even the wet track at the Sepang International Circuit could not prevent Mercedes continuing the dominance it had shown all weekend as Hamilton made it back-to-back poles to start the new season.
Mercedes drivers set the two fastest times in Saturday’s pre-qualifying practice session at the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix, showing they are the team to beat again for pole position and in Sunday’s race.
Nico Rosberg, who won the season-opener in Australia, led the way with a time of 1 minute, 39.008 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit, a quarter of a second ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton.