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FP1: Hamilton goes fastest under threat of rain in Malaysia

  • Published on 23 Mar 2012 04:34
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  • By: Rob Veenstra
McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton posted the best time in the first free practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix. His team mate Jenson Button had to settle for ninth, with an oil leak at the end. There was lots of action in this session because of a big threat of rain for the second practice.

Sebastian Vettel took second place, the gap to Hamilton was five tenths. Narain Karthikeyan stopped on track with a hydraulic problem. Both Sauber drivers complained about the handling of the C31. Sergio Perez even called the car undriveable.

The times from first free practice at Sepang:
1. Lewis Hamilton – McLaren – 1:38.021 – 19 laps
2. Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull Racing – 1:38.535 – 21 laps
3. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:38.813 – 21 laps
4. Michael Schumacher – Mercedes – 1:38.826 – 19 laps
5. Romain Grosjean – Lotus – 1:38.919 – 17 laps
6. Mark Webber – Red Bull Racing 1:39.092 – 20 laps
7. Kimi Raikkonen – Lotus – 1:39.128 – 22 laps
8. Paul di Resta – Force India – 1:39.298 – 23 laps
9. Jenson Button – McLaren – 1:39.323 – 15 laps
10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India – 1:39.440 – 19 laps
11. Valterri Bottas – Williams – 1:39.724 – 23 laps
12. Pastor Maldonado – Williams – 1:39.783 – 23 laps
13. Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 1:39.896 – 16 laps
14. Kamui Kobayashi – Sauber – 1:39.910 – 21 laps
15. Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:39.980 – 23 laps
16. Jean-Eric Vergne – Scuderia Toro Rosso – 1:40.099 – 23 laps
17. Heikki Kovalainen – Caterham – 1:40.247 – 19 laps
18. Daniel Ricciardo – Scuderia Toro Rosso – 1:40.469 – 23 laps
19. Vitaly Petrov – Caterham – 1:40.857 – 25 laps
20. Sergio Perez – Sauber – 1:41.085 – 23 laps
21. Timo Glock – Marussia – 1:43.170 – 18 laps
22. Charles Pic – Marussia – 1:44.580 – 14 laps
23. Narain Karthikeyan – HRT – 1:45.360 – 8 laps
24. Pedro de la Rosa – HRT – 1:45.528 – 18 laps

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