Nico Rosberg set the fastest time of the Q2 session in Kuala Lumpur, but the session was a little odd as rain arrived in the middle and so the men who got through were those who had had their runs and got it right. The rest had no chance. Mark Webber was three-tenths down on Rosberg, with Lewis Hamilton third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez.
It was bad news for Romain Grosjean, who was 11th, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Dan Ricciardo, Paul di Resta (who ran wide on one run and had a multiple spin on his second). Pastor Maldonado chose not to run.