Malaysia 2008 Free Practice: Massa & Hamilton Show Form

Malaysia 2008 Free Practice: Massa & Hamilton Show Form

Nico Rosberg - 2008 Malaysian Grand PrixJust as one race ends another begins, this time at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia. The first session was dominated by Brazil’s Felipe Massa, who managed to end up a second clear of Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen. The pair will be looking to improve from last weekend’s dismal Australian Grand Prix which saw both drivers retire after a slew of mistakes. Heikki Kovalainen ran well in the first session and slotted into third, although he dropped to seventh after lunch. Lewis Hamilton in the sister MP4-23 ran well in practice one and finished fifth, improving to first in the second session. Buoyed from his win in Australia, the Briton will be looking to repeat his success at Sepang on Sunday.

Renault ran surprisingly well in the morning with Fernando Alonso going just 0.012s faster than his team mate Nelson Piquet Jr. The pair broke for lunch in sixth and seventh respectively. However, after resuming in the afternoon, they both went backwards and finished the day in fourteenth and fifteenth.

BMW had a mixed bag of results from Friday, Robert Kubica getting as high as eighth in the morning and repeating the feat in the afternoon. However, Nick Heidfeld started his day in eleventh and finished in thirteenth. Although as we all saw in Australia, the F1.08 is a great car during the race so I’m expecting both drivers to improve as they go into qualifying.

David Coulthard didn’t have a great session as he ran wide at Turn 12 and damaged his suspension on the kerbs. His car ended up being stranded in the gravel and caused a red flag. A short time later the second Red Bull of Mark Webber rolled down the pitlane, smoke billowing out the back, hinting at a failure of the Renault engine.

Other than that there were no big surprises from the first session. The second however emphasised just how determined Scuderia Toro Rosso are as Sebastian Vettel powered his car into fifth, missing out on fourth by 0.4s to Jenson Button’s Honda. Sixth place went to Jarno Trulli in the Toyota, who missed out on fifth by 0.019s, and Kovalainen and Kubica rounded out the top eight.

Giancarlo Fisichella again ran well in practice and put his Force India in ninth, Kazuki Nakajima getting ahead of Rubens Barrichello to take tenth. David Coulthard failed to set a time as engineers worked on his RB4 in the garage, mending the damage caused by his accident in the morning. Sebastien Bourdais also failed to set a lap time as his engine – a Ferrari – failed on the first lap.

The Super Aguris propped up the second timing sheet with Adrian Sutil not fairing as well as his team mate and settled for eighteenth.

Practice One Times

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.392s 20 Laps
2. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.459s 8 Laps
3. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m36.559s 21 Laps
4. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m36.578s 23 Laps
5. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m36.626s 17 Laps
6. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m.37.022s 18 Laps
7. Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m37.034s 28 Laps
8. Robert Kubica BMW 1m37.218s 9 Laps
9. Jenson Button Honda 1m37.282s 17 Laps
10. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m37.540s 24 Laps
11. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m37.649s 17 Laps
12. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m37.649s 18 Laps
13. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m37.776s 20 Laps
14. Timo Glock Toyota 1m37.782s 27 Laps
15. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m38.219s 26 Laps
16. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing 1m38.232s 7 Laps
17. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m38.707s 12 Laps
18. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m38.798s 25 Laps
19. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m39.046s 21 Laps
20. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m40.178s 11 Laps
21. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m40.351s 14 Laps
22. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m41.269s 5 Laps

Practice Two Times

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1m35.055s 32 Laps
2. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.206s 33 Laps
3. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.428s 36 Laps
4. Jenson Button Honda 1m36.037s 40 Laps
5. Sebastian Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m36.474s 35 Laps
6. Jarno Trulli Toyota 1m.36.493s 38 Laps
7. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m36.512s 30 Laps
8. Robert Kubica BMW 1m36.671s 33 Laps
9. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m36.756s 37 Laps
10. Kazuki Nakajima Williams 1m36.838s 34 Laps
11. Rubens Barrichello Honda 1m36.879s 38 Laps
12. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m36.908s 36 Laps
13. Nick Heidfeld BMW 1m37.106s 35 Laps
14. Fernando Alonso Renault 1m37.328s 23 Laps
15. Nelson Piquet Jr Renault 1m37.331s 42 Laps
16. Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m37.346s 37 Laps
17. Timo Glock Toyota 1m37.512s 35 Laps
18. Adrian Sutil Force India 1m37.614s 35 Laps
19. Takuma Sato Super Aguri 1m39.021s 27 Laps
20. Anthony Davidson Super Aguri 1m39.361s 30 Laps
21. Sebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso No Time 1 Lap
22. David Coulthard Red Bull Racing No Time 0 Laps
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