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Friday, April 3, 2009

Ferrari back on the pace in Malaysia?

Under skies which looked like they could open up at any minute, Friday practice saw more of a mix of teams topping the charts compared to a week before in Melbourne.

Friday's first session saw Nico Rosberg once again looking quick in the Williams, followed by teammate Kaz Nakajima and the Brawn boys. But the second session saw the diffuser gang facing a stronger challenge, with the Ferraris finishing at the top of the sheets

F1 Grand Prix of Malaysia - Practice


Reliability may be a question mark for the Prancing Horse, however. It was obvious the team was pushing its KERS pretty hard, Raikkonen having to jump out of a smoking cockpit at one point, and radio chatter discussing further problems with it at the end.

Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber are also lurking in the background, so if the weather plays fair, it should be interesting to see how it all shakes out.

Second session
  1. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1: 35.707, 40 laps
  2. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:35.832, 38
  3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:35.954, 40
  4. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:36.015, 39
  5. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:36.026, 36
  6. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn, 1:36.161, 37
  7. Jenson Button, Brawn, 1:36.254, 31
  8. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:36.290, 35
  9. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:36.397, 40
  10. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:36.401, 35
  11. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:36.515, 30
  12. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:36.516, 34
  13. Sebastiaen Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:36.628, 32
  14. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:36.639, 29
  15. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:36.640, 20
  16. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:36.875, 36
  17. Robert Kubica, BMW, 1:37.267, 38
  18. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:37.278, 30
  19. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 1:37.432, 27
  20. Nick Heidfeld, BMW, 1:37.930, 37

First session
  1. Nico Rosberg, Williams, 1:36.260, 27 laps
  2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:36.305, 25
  3. Jenson Button, Brawn, 1:36.430, 20
  4. Rubens Barrichello, Brawn, 1:36.487, 22
  5. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:36.561, 21
  6. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:36.646, 18
  7. Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, 1:36.699, 16
  8. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:36.703, 23
  9. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:36.747, 25
  10. Timo Glock, Toyota, 1:36.980, 27
  11. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:36.982, 27
  12. Giancarlo Fisichella, Force India, 1:37.025, 20
  13. Robert Kubica, BMW, 1:37.039, 18
  14. Nelson Piquet, Renault, 1:37.199, 20
  15. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:37.241, 18
  16. Fernando Alonso, Renault, 1:37.395, 12
  17. Sebastien Buemi, Toro Rosso, 1:37.634, 22
  18. Nick Heidfeld, BMW, 1:37.640, 17
  19. Sebastien Bourdais, Toro Rosso, 1:38.022, 19
  20. Heikki Kovalainen, McLaren, 1:38.483, 7

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From the BBC: As it happened

Friday notes

Friday's press conference
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