The threat of rain, tyre preservation and a pair of fast-starting Ferraris are a few of the obstacles between Vettel and victory.
In a repeat of this week, a rain-hit qualifying session saw Sebastian Vettel qualify on pole. Here are pictures from qualifying in Malaysia.
Kimi Raikkonen has been given a three-place penalty for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Paul di Resta says the decision to pit during Q2 which cost him a chance to get into the top ten was down to his team.
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg admitted failing to change tyres during Q3 was a mistake.
Mark Webber said it was “frustrating” to qualify fifth for the Malaysian Grand Prix after he mis-timed his final lap in qualifying.
Vettel was not far off being knocked out in Q1 but recovered to lead a rain-hit Q3 and claim pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Drivers will be left without automatic flag warnings and the FIA will be unable to disable DRS again due to continued telemetry problems.
Follow the 2013 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying session on F1 Fanatic Live.