The qualifying session at the 2012 Malaysian Grand Prix has set an exciting tone for race day. Lewis Hamilton took his 21st career pole and will be accompanied by McLaren teammate Jenson Button on the front row. But their thunder was stolen by the long-awaited return of Michael Schumacher in the top three.
The last time the German qualified in the top three was in 2006 at the Japanese Grand Prix.
In picture: The top three finishers of qualifying
Text: Aparanjeetha Sambandan
Images: Ajit Devadason