This is turning out to be a dream start to the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship, for Team McLaren.

The UK team recorded their second one-two, in qualifying, for the season, after their front-row lockout in Australia last week.

Lewis Hamilton held off his team mate Jenson Button, to claim pole position. Behind them, an in-form Michael Schumacher took third for Mercedes, with defending champions Red Bull's Mark Webber in fourth and the newly-returned Kimi Raikkonen in fifth.

World champion Sebastian Vettel qualified sixth, while Ferrari's disastrous start to the season continued, with Fernando Alonso the team's best runner in ninth.

Top Ten Qualifiers:

1. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren-Mercedes - 1:36.219 (14 laps)

2. Jenson Button, McLaren-Mercedes - 1:36.368 (14 laps)

3. Michael Schumacher, Mercedes - 1:36.391 (14 laps)

4. Mark Webber, Red Bull Racing-Renault - 1:36.461 (19 laps)

5. Kimi Räikkönen, Lotus-Renault - 1:36.461 (13 laps)

6. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull Racing-Renault - 1:36.634 (14 laps)

7. Romain Grosjean, Lotus-Renault - 1:36.658 (14 laps)

8. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes - 1:36.664 (14 laps)

9. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari - 1:37.566 (16 laps)

10. Sergio Perez, Sauber-Ferrari - 1:37.698 (17 laps)

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McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waves after taking the pole position in the qualifying session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2012.Reuters
Third classified Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (L) of Germany, pole position McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton (C) of Britain and second classified, compatriot team mate Jenson Button wave after the qualifying session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2012.Reuters
Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany drives during the qualifying session of the Malaysian F1 Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit outside Kuala Lumpur March 24, 2012.Reuters