Heavy rain delays Malaysian qualifying

AFP| Updated: Mar 29, 2014, 14:34 PM IST

Sepang: A heavy rainstorm delayed the start of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix for nearly an hour on Saturday as bad weather affected the race once again.

A deluge before the scheduled 4:00 pm (0800 GMT) start prompted several consecutive delays before officials finally gave the go-ahead for qualifying to begin at 4:50 pm.

The Malaysian Grand Prix has repeatedly been affected by heavy rain. In 2009, the race was abandoned part-way through and half points were awarded, and in 2012 it was suspended for nearly an hour.

Officials at the track updated the weather forecast for Sunday, which had previously been dry, with thunderstorms expected in the afternoon.

Mercedes` Nico Rosberg, who won this month`s season-opener in Australia, topped Saturday`s final free practice ahead of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton.