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Malaysian Grand Prix – Friday Practice

by F1Fan on April 2, 2010

The second session of Friday Practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix produced some interesting results today with Mercedes powered cars setting four of the top five fastest laps.

Lewis Hamilton set fastest lap in the second session after also setting the fastest time during the first session earlier in the day. Sebastian Vettel in the Renault powered Red Bull Racing narrowly set second fastest lap, just two thousands of a second Faster than Nico Rosberg in the first of the Mercedes GP cars. Button’s McLaren came in fourth closely followed by Michael Schumacher in the second Mercedes GP, with less than half a second separating Schumacher from Hamilton.

Commenting on today’s practice sessions Lewis Hamilton said:

“I think we had a good first day today. I’ve got a good feeling in the car – it’s probably the best feeling I’ve had in the car around this circuit. Every time I get to a track this year, it always feels light years better than the last time, which is very positive. We’re still trying to get a better feeling for the tyres, but we’ve made some positive first steps.”

Malaysian GP Second Practice Session Times

PositionTeamDriverBest LapTime
# of Laps
1McLarenLewis Hamilton1:34.175-27
2Red Bull RacingSebastian Vettel1:34.441+0.26628
3Mercedes GPNico Rosberg1:34.443+0.26830
4McLarenJenson Button1:34.538+0.36324
5Mercedes GPMichael Schumacher1:34.674+0.49930
6Renault F1Robert Kubica1:35.148+0.97334
7FerrariFernando Alonso1:35.581+1.40634
8Toro RossoSebastien Buemi1:35.660+1.48539
9Renault F1Vitaly Petrov1:35.872+1.69720
10Force IndiaAdrian Sutil1:35.957+1.78232
11BMW Sauber F1Kamui Kobayashi1:36.018+1.84338
12Force IndiaTonio Liuzzi1:36.221+2.04634
13BMW Sauber F1Pedro De La Rosa1:36.325+2.15033
14Toro RossoJamie Alguersuari1:36.325+2.15039
15FerrariFelipe Massa1:36.602+2.42730
16Williams F1Rubens Barrichello1:36.813+2.63826
17Williams F1Nico Hulkenberg1:37.415+3.24019
18Lotus RacingJarno Trulli1:38.454+4.27934
19Lotus RacingHiekki Kovalainen1:38.530+4.35532
20Red Bull RacingMark Webber1:38.786+4.61113
21Virgin RacingTimo Glock1:39.061+4.88623
22Virgin RacingLucas Do Grassi1:39.158+4.98329
23HRT F1 RacingKarun Chandhok1:41.084+6.90927
24HRT F1 RacingBruno Senna1:41.481+7.30632
Friday Practice, April 02, 2010

Not all teams had such a good day, Mark Webber had engine problems with his RB6 and retired on track after completing only 13 laps in the second session. Williams F1 was also surprisingly off the pace with both of their cars finishing in 17th and 18th place just in front of the slower new teams, Lotus, Virgin and HRT Racing.

Talking about the days performance Rubens commented:

“That was a tough day for us. We carried out lots of interrogations on the car, but we feel that we aren’t as quick as we should be so we have a lot of work to do tonight to find out why that is.”

Rubens young team mate Nico Hulkenberg also had a similar reaction:

“It was a pretty difficult day, certainly not ideal. We had some technical issues on my car but I’m not quite sure what they are yet. We need to get our heads together to find some time for qualifying.”

While the new teams not unsurprisingly brought up the rear of the field all of them completed both sessions putting valuable laps on the cars. Lotus was again fastest of the new teams with Jarno Trulli narrowly ahead of his team mate Kovalainen, During the first practice session of the day Fairuz Fauzy drove in place of Heikki Kovalainen marking the first time that a Malaysian driver has taken part in a Formula One event.

Virgin Racing Pace was just marginally slower than Lotus, but HRT still has a long way to go being an additional two seconds off the pace.

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