WATCH LIVE: Malaysian GP live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2:30a ET

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Lewis Hamilton’s dominant patch of form in F1 could be set to continue today in Malaysia after the Briton scored his 40th pole position in a wet qualifying session on Saturday.

The defending world champion appears to have lost none of the momentum that saw him win six of the last seven races in 2014, and with one race victory already under his belt this year, a second victory in Malaysia will pile the pressure on Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

However, for the first time since Austria last year, we don’t have an all-Mercedes front row. Sebastian Vettel continued his strong start to life with Ferrari by splitting the Silver Arrows in second place, leaving an annoyed Rosberg down in third place.

With rain also a possibility during the race, the fight for the win appears to be wide open in Malaysia, setting the stage for a great battle at the front of the field.

The Malaysian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2:30a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Even in the dry, Ferrari appears to have taken a big step towards Mercedes since the Australian Grand Prix, but Kimi Raikkonen was one of many to lose out when a thunderstorm hit the track during Q2on Saturday. He will start 11th as a result.

The big winners were Max Verstappen and Marcus Ericsson. Verstappen, 17, scored the best qualifying result for a teenager in F1 since the 1961 Italian Grand Prix by coming sixth on Saturday, as he once again proved he has what it takes to compete in the sport. Ericsson carried the momentum of his first points in Australia through to qualifying, reaching both Q2 and Q3 for the first time in his F1 career. He will start ninth today.

At the back, Manor will be lining up on the grid for the first time following its revival over the winter. Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens may stand little chance of scoring points or even finishing the race, but simply getting off the line will be a major achievement for the team.

The Malaysian Grand Prix is one of the most challenging races in F1 due to the extreme heat and humidity. To win at Sepang, you need to keep your cool at all times – something easier said than done.

The Malaysian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2:30a ET today. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.