Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel takes pole in rain-hit qualifying at Malaysia; Ferrari pair next

Three-time defending Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull won pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix on Saturday, edging the Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso just as the rain-affected qualifying ended.

It was the second pole in a row and 38th overall for the German, who finished third at the season-opening Australian GP last week after struggling with his tires.

Massa struggled for most of last year but has now qualified ahead of his more famous teammate Alonso, the two-time F1 champion, for the second straight race.

Australian GP winner Kimi Raikonen of Lotus appeared to have problems with his car, qualifying seventh.