MALAYSIA, Sepang - Current world champion Sebastian Vettel beat McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Malaysian GP by a little more than a mere tenth of second, in the very last moments of qualifying.Hamilton had been running strongly ahead of the field for the duration of all three tiers of qualifying until the four fastest cars went out for a final stab at the Sepang track. Vettel then set about recording a 1:34.870, besting Hamilton’s 1:34.974.Vettel used KERS technology to gain the crucial advantage.Red Bull did not use the energy-recovery technology to dominate in Melbourne two weeks ago, but championship leader Vettel said he needed it to stave off a resurgent McLaren in Malaysia by just one tenth."We came here and solved most of the (reliability) problems," the German said. "I think if we did not have it (KERS) today, we would not be here (on pole)."So significant has been McLaren's progress in recent weeks that Hamilton, happy to be second best in Australia, was visibly disappointed with his P2 on the Sepang grid.Signalling McLaren and Red Bull’s clear dominance in F1 racing, the two world champions had their team mates fill the second row of the grid too, with Mark Webber qualifying third and Jenson Button fourth.Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest, with Renault’s replacement driver, Nick Heidfield, showing impressive pace again – to qualifying sixth.Rounding out the top ten were Felipe Massa, Vitaly Petrov, Nico Rosberg and Kamui Kobayashi.Eliminated in the second qualifying session were former multiple world champion Michael Schumacher, Paul Di Resta, Rubens Barrichello, Adrian Sutil, Jamie Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi and Sergio Perez.The Spanish HRT managed to qualify within the 107% rule timeframe, allowing them to start their first GP of the 2011 season, after the disappointment of Australia. Despite its tropical location, qualifying stayed remarkably dry for the Malaysian GP. This is just as well, as most drivers have little or no experience of wet-weather driving with the new Pirelli tyres. Malaysian GP qualifying time sheet: 1 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull-Renault)) 1min34.8702 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes)) 1min34.974 +0.1043 Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault)) 1min35.179 +0.3094 Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes)) 1min35.200 +0.3305 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)) 1min35.802 +0.9326 Nick Heidfeld (Renault)) 1min36.124 +1.2547 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)) 1min36.251 +1.3818 Vitaly Petrov (Renault)) 1min36.324 +1.4549 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)) 1min36.809 +1.93910 Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari)) 1min36.820 +1.950Q3 cut-off time: 1min36.811 11 Michael Schumacher (Mercedes) 1min37.035 +1.46612 Sebastien Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1min37.160 +1.59113 Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) 1min37.347 +1.77814 Paul di Resta (Force India-Mercedes) 1min37.370 +1.80115 Rubens Barrichello (Williams-Cosworth) 1min37.496 +1.92716 Sergio Perez (Sauber-Ferrari) 1min37.528 +1.95917 Adrian Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) 1min37.593 +2.024Q3 cut-off time: 1min38.163 18 Pastor Maldonado (Williams-Cosworth) 1min38.276 +1.53219 Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus-Renault) 1min38.645 +1.90120 Jarno Trulli (Lotus-Renault) 1min38.791 +2.04721 Timo Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) 1min40.648 +3.90422 Jerome D'Ambrosio (Virgin-Cosworth) 1min41.001 +4.25723 Tonio Liuzzi (HRT-Cosworth) 1min41.549 +4.80524 Narain Karthikeyan (HRT-Cosworth) 1min42.574 +5.830Stay with Wheels24 for the F1 weekend.