Friday, March 23, 2012

Hamilton Fastest in First Practice at Sepang

Kuala Lumpur - Lewis Hamilton continued McLaren's potential power in this season by becoming the fastest in Malaysian GP first practice session at Sepang on Friday (23/03/2012).
Hamilton McLaren                                                                                                                                   AFP/WILLIAM WEST


British driver was doing 19 laps and carve the best time of one minute 38.021 seconds. He was 0.514 seconds ahead of the defending champion Red Bull, Sebastian Vettel. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes was third in 1:38.813.

Hamilton's teammate, Jenson Button, just being in ninth position, while the other Red Bull driver Mark Webber, in the sixth.

In the first series in Australia last week, Button champion, Hamilton third. McLaren tight battle with Red Bull with Vettel won the second podium, Webber finished fourth.

Mercedes also revealed its potency after Michael Schumacher completed the first free practice today in the fourth position. Ferrari? Felipe Massa was ranked 13th, Fernando Alonso 15.

Results Malaysian Grand Prix free practice I:

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.021s 19
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.535s + 0514 21
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.813s + 0792 21
4. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.826s + 0805 19
5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m38.919s + 0898 17
6. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.092s + 1071 20
7. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m39.128s + 1107 22
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m39.298s + 1277 23
9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.323s + 1302 15
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m39.440s + 1419 19
11. Valterri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m39.724s + 1703 23
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m39.783s + 1762 23
13. Ferrari's Felipe Massa 1m39.896s + 1875 16
14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.910s + 1889 21
15. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m39.980s + 1959 23
16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.099s + 2078 23
17. Heikki Kovalainen, Renault 1m40.247s + Caterham 2226 19
18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.469s + 2448 23
19. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m40.857s Caterham-2836 + 25
20. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.085s + 3064 23
21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m43.170s + 5149 18
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m44.580s + 6559 14
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m45.360s + 7339 8
24. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m45.528s + 7507 18

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