Kimi Takes Top In Second Malaysian Practice

Kimi Raikkonen has charged to top of the timesheets at the second of three Malaysian practice sessions. The Finn who won last weekend’s season opening Australian Grand Prix, was second fastest in the morning first practice session behind Mark Webber. Webber had dropped to P5 for this session, beaten by team-mate Sebastian Vettel and both Ferrari drivers – Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso – who took second, third and fourth.

Behind Webber, Romain Grosjean took sixth while Paul di Resta found himself in a Mercedes sand which, the Scot in between Nico Rosberg in seventh and Lewis Hamilton in ninth. Adrian Sutil filled out the top ten for Force India. McLaren were again left looking into the group that they last year were VIP members of, Sergio Perez in eleventh and Jenson Button in twelfth 1.269 and 1.296 off Raikkonen respectively.

Nico Hulkenberg was again the front-runner for Sauber, leading fourteenth placed Esteban Gutierrez with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne in fifteenth. Pastor Maldonado was sixteenth and far ahead of Valtteri Bottas in nineteenth, separated by the second Toro Rosso of Daniel Ricciardo and the Marussia of Jules Bianchi who showed what he was capable of with a great debut last week in Australia. Bringing up the back was the Caterham crew of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde in twentieth and twenty-first while Max Chilton finished twenty-second and last.

In contrast to the clear morning session, the afternoon session was set against an overcast background. The troublesome T14 which claimed a spin from Gutierrez in the morning session took two more victims in quick succession. Charles Pic came in hot and spun off track while Nico Hulkenberg went wide but navigated away from the gravel traps.

Hulkenberg wasn’t in the clear yet, spinning his Sauber in the entrance to the pit lane when the heavens opened. The other Sauber was even less fortunate, confined to the pitlane when a broken exhaust was found on the Mexican’s car.When the rain died down, the rookie was ready to go and made his way out on Intermediate Pirelli’s. He still struggled though, going wide in Turn 4 while his fellow Mexican took a tour of the gravel while Giedo van der Garde also got it wrong in Turn 4.

In the closing sessions as Raikkonen asserted his dominance over the rest of the grid, his team-mate got it very wrong through the tricky T5/T6 section taking the scenic route, i.e. running extremely wide.

  1. Kimi Raikkonen
  2. Sebastian Vettel
  3. Felipe Massa
  4. Fernando Alonso
  5. Mark Webber
  6. Romain Grosjean
  7. Nico Rosberg
  8. Paul di Resta
  9. Lewis Hamilton
  10. Adrian Sutil
  11. Sergio Perez
  12. Jenson Button
  13. Nico Hulkenberg
  14. Esteban Gutierrez
  15. Jean-Eric Vergne
  16. Pastor Maldonado
  17. Daniel Ricciardo
  18. Jules Bianchi
  19. Valtteri Bottas
  20. Charles Pic
  21. Giedo van der Garde
  22. Max Chilton

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