Fernando Alonso

Malaysian GP – Torrid Friday conditions

Sepang, 22 March – Red Bull took the top slot in the first practice session of the second round of the Formula 1 World Championship, just a few days after the season opener in Melbourne. Australia’s Mark Webber lapped in 1.36.935, to finish ahead of Kimi Raikkonen (1.37.003) in the Lotus and the other Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel (1.37.104.) As usual, the Malaysian track was a furnace, with air and track temperatures reaching 33 and 42 degrees respectively. Fernando Alonso was fourth in a time of 1.37.319, while in the other Ferrari, Felipe Massa was seventh in 1.37.771. Both men had a programme aimed at finding the right balance on the car and tuning the set-up to suit the orange-banded Hard Pirelli P Zero tyres. The other compound in use here, aimed at being best suited to the extreme heat and the abrasive nature of the track, is the white-banded Medium, which was already used in Australia.

Classification

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.935 15
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:37.003 0.068 15
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.104 0.169 21
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.319 0.384 13
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.588 0.653 19
6 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:37.769 0.834 17
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.771 0.836 15
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:37.773 0.838 15
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.840 0.905 18
10 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.915 0.980 17
11 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.173 1.238 16
12 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.673 1.738 16
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.830 1.895 17
14 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.054 2.119 17
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.204 2.269 16
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.208 2.273 19
17 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.284 2.349 17
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.567 2.632 16
19 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:40.728 3.793 17
20 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.996 4.061 14
21 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:41.163 4.228 18
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.513 4.578 14

 

 

 

 

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