Fernando Alonso

Malaysian GP – Malaysian rain shows its hand

Sepang, 22 March – The most interesting Malaysian Grands Prix have always been those affected by the changeable weather. In Sepang the rain arrives bang on time and that included this afternoon, as it appeared 40 minutes into the 90 of the session, affecting the long runs being carried out on dry tyres. Therefore the order on the time sheet was set in the first dry part, with Kimi Raikkonen fastest in 1.36.569 in the Lotus, ahead of Sebastian Vettel (1.36.588) in the Red Bull. Scuderia Ferrari took third and fourth places with Felipe Massa (1.36.661) and Fernando Alonso (1.36.985) respectively. The two men began by completing set-up work on both tyre compounds, the Orange P Zero Hard and the White Medium, before starting a long run interrupted by rain. In the final half hour the track began to dry and cars went out on the Intermediates and finally back on slicks, with no effect on the fastest laps.

ALONSO – chassis 299

MASSA – chassis 300

First Session

P4

1:37.319

13 laps

P7

1:37.771

15 laps

                                        Weather:  air 30/33 °C, track 36/42 °C. Sunny

Second Session

P4

1:36.985

23 laps

P3

1:36.661

33 laps

                                         Weather:  air 31/34 °C, track 38/47 °C. Cloudy, light rain

Classification

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:36.569 28
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.588 0.019 27
3 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:36.661 0.092 33
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:36.985 0.416 23
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.026 0.457 29
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.206 0.637 26
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.448 0.879 32
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:37.571 1.002 30
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.574 1.005 32
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:37.788 1.219 10
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.838 1.269 21
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.865 1.296 29
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.068 1.499 31
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.645 2.076 23
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:38.738 2.169 31
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.801 2.232 27
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:38.904 2.335 31
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:39.508 2.939 30
19 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.660 3.091 28
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:40.757 4.188 29
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:40.768 4.199 32
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.438 4.869 23

 

 

 

 

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