Kimi Raikkonen beat Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa to the top spot in a close second Formula 1 practice session in Malaysia before rain intervened. A heavy shower approaching the hour mark ensured that the 1m36.569s that Raikkonen had done on medium tyres 36 minutes in would stand as the fastest lap of the day.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m36.569 28 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.588s + 0.019s 27 3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.661s + 0.092s 33 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.985s + 0.416s 23 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m37.026s + 0.457s 29 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 1m37.206s + 0.637s 26 7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.448s + 0.879s 32 8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.571s + 1.002s 30 9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.574s + 1.005s 32 10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m37.788s + 1.219s 10 11. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.838s + 1.269s 21 12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.865s + 1.296s 29 13. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.068s + 1.499s 31 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.645s + 2.076s 23 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.738s + 2.169s 31 16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.801s + 2.232s 27 17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.904s + 2.335s 31 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.508s + 2.939s 30 19. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m39.660s + 3.091s 28 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m40.757s + 4.188s 29 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m40.768s + 4.199s 32 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.438s + 4.869s 23
Kimi P2, Romain P10 during FP1 at the Sepang International Circuit this morning. Throw in a KERS battery change, new exhaust setup and two front wing variations and you have one busy start to the weekend…
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.935s 15 2. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m37.003s + 0.068s 15 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.104s + 0.169s 21 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.319s + 0.384s 13 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.588s + 0.653s 19 6. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m37.769s + 0.834s 17 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m37.771s + 0.836s 15 8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.773s + 0.838s 15 9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.840s + 0.905s 18 10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.915s + 0.980s 17 11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.173s + 1.238s 16 12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.673s + 1.738s 16 13. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.830s + 1.895s 17 14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.054s + 2.119s 17 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.204s + 2.269s 16 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m39.208s + 2.273s 19 17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.284s + 2.349s 17 18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.567s + 2.632s 16 19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m40.728s + 3.793s 17 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.996s + 4.061s 14 21. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m41.163s + 4.228s 18 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.513s + 4.578s 14
Friday Team Quotes: Lotus
Kimi Raikkonen – 2nd/1st: “It was a pretty good day. We tried changing a few things on the car and made progress with where we wanted to be at the end of the sessions. We had some running in the wet which you often get around here and the car feels fine. We ran pretty heavy today so I don’t know how we’ll be when everyone is light for qualifying, but I’m happy with where we are and expect we’ll be reasonable tomorrow.”
Romain Grosjean – 10th/6th: “We’re still working on the setup of the car as it’s not quite right for me and it’s difficult to understand why exactly. The new front wing does feel better than the one before so that helps. Kimi was running an updated aero package which looks to be an improvement so we know there’s more pace to come in that area, but there are still things we can do with the current specification once I get everything working for me. It was pretty hot out there – quite a contrast to Melbourne – but I felt comfortable and I’m looking forward to making some improvements tomorrow before we head into qualifying.”
James Allison, Technical Director: “I’m happy with our day’s work. We came here this week seeking reassurance that our car would be equally as competitive in a very different set of conditions to what we saw in Australia, and the early indications are that it looks reasonably useful. The upgrades we’ve trialled today also appear to be working well. Although both drivers ran the new front wing, Romain was at somewhat of a disadvantage in not having the latest exhaust variation and related bodywork on his car, so he can take heart from a healthy position on the time sheets.
“The only slight interruption to proceedings was a compromise to our long run programme once the rain arrived, but this actually proved to be pretty useful in itself as we now have a better understanding of the crossover point for the intermediate tyres. Overall it’s been a very productive day.”
Video: Sky Sports interview