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Button on pole in Malaysia

BRITAIN'S Jenson Button clinched his second successive pole position for the new Brawn GP team at the Malaysian Grand Prix today while McLaren's world champion Lewis Hamilton could qualify only 12th.

The 29-year-old Button, who won the season-opener in Australia last weekend, will have Toyota's Italian Jarno Trulli alongside on the front row.

The pole was the fifth of championship leader Button's Formula One career.

Toyota's Timo Glock and fellow-German Nico Rosberg in a Williams will fill the second row.

Germany's Sebastian Vettel was third fastest and Button's Brazilian team mate Rubens Barrichello fourth in qualifying but both have penalties.

Red Bull's Vettel was handed a 10 place penalty for a collision in Australia while Barrichello drops five places for a precautionary gearbox change after yesterday's practice.

Hamilton qualified 13th but will start one place up the grid thanks to Vettel's penalty.

Champions Ferrari had a nightmare afternoon, with Brazilian Felipe Massa qualifying 16th after what looked like a team blunder in assuming wrongly that he had done enough to reach the second session.

Team mate Kimi Raikkonen, winner in Malaysia last year, qualified ninth. The race, round two of the championship, starts later than ever tomorrow at 1700 local (0900 GMT) with rainstorms predicted.


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