Malaysian F1 GP 2008 – Friday Practice

Sepang Circuit MapThere were heavy clouds around and above the Sepang track but no rain felt down during the Friday practice. The session 1 was dominated by Felipe Massa (on pole position here last year). The session 2 was all about Ferrari as well until the last few minutes when Lewis Hamilton stole the show.

The reliability problems continued for Ferrari engines – Sebastien Bourdais Ferrari engine expired … Kimi Raikkonen’s car stopped on the track during the practice one, but according to the news reports he simply run out of fuel … The action highlight of the day should probably go to David Coulthard and his suspension failure after hitting the kerbs at Turn 13 during practice 1.

Ferrari and McLaren look like the best packages for the Malaysian GP. But Vettel in Toro Rosso, Button in Honda, Rosberg in Williams, Trulli in Toyota were all impressive at least in one of the sessions. And do not forget BMW Saubers – They did not have the quickest Friday last week in Australia, but once the times started to count on Saturday afternoon, they were right there with McLarens and Ferraris. Red Bulls do not seem to be as comfortable on this track as they were in Melbourne.

Nelson Piquet must be happier than he was in Australia. He pretty much matched Alonso’s times in both sessions. Giancarlo Fisichella impressed again in session 2 with a top 10 time, let’s see if he has more luck that last week during qualifying and the race. The performance gap between him and Adrian Sutil must a bit too big for Sutil’s comfort…

The Friday practice times in the article


Practice 1 Times:

1. Massa – Ferrari – 1:35.392
2. Raikkonen – Ferrari + 1.067
3. Kovalainen – McLaren + 1.164
4. Rosberg – Williams + 1.186
5. Hamilton – McLaren + 1.234
6. Alonso – Renault + 1.630
7. Piquet – Renault + 1.642
8. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 1.826
9. Button – Honda + 1.890
10. Trulli – Toyota + 2.148
11. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber + 2.257
12. Nakajima – Williams + 2.257
13. Barrichello – Honda + 2.384
14. Glock – Toyota + 2.390
15. Vettel – Toro Rosso + 2.827
16. Coulthard – Red Bull + 2.840
17. Webber – Red Bull + 3.315
18. Bourdais – Toro Rosso + 3.406
19. Fisichella – Force India + 3.654
20. Sato – Super Aguri + 4.786
21. Davidson – Super Aguri + 4.959
22. Sutil – Force India + 5.877

Practice 2 Times:

1. Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:35.055
2. Massa – Ferrari + 0.151
3. Raikkonen – Ferrari + 0.373
4. Button – Honda + 0.982
5. Vettel – Toro Rosso + 1.419
6. Trulli – Toyota + 1.438
7. Kovalainen – McLaren + 1.457
8. Kubica – BMW Sauber + 1.616
9. Fisichella – Force India + 1.701
10. Nakajima – Williams + 1.783
11. Barrichello – Honda + 1.824
12. Rosberg – Williams + 1.853
13. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber + 2.051
14. Alonso – Renault + 2.273
15. Piquet – Renault + 2.276
16. Webber – Red Bull + 2.291
17. Glock – Toyota + 2.457
18. Sutil – Force India + 2.559
19. Sato – Super Aguri + 3.966
20. Davidson – Super Aguri + 4.306
21. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – No time
22. Coulthard – Red Bull – No time

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