2009 Malaysian GP – Friday Action – Free Practice

Kimi Raikkonen fastest in second free practice

Kimi Raikkonen fastest in second free practice

The Sepang action begins today with practice sessions. And same as in Melbourne a week ago Williams and Nico Rorsberg dominate the time sheets, at least in practice one.

Malaysian GP Practice 1 Times:

1. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:36.260
2. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:36.305
3. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:36.430
4. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP – 1:36.487
5. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:36.561
6. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:36.646
7. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:36.699
8. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:36.703
9. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:36.747
10. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:36.980
11. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:36.982
12. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:37.025
13. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:37.039
14. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:37.199
15. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:37.241
16. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:37.395
17. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso – 1:37.634
18. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:37.640
19. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:38.022
20. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:38.483

It did look towards the end of the session that Kimi Raikkonen may go for P1 but then his cockpit and later the rear of his Ferrari went up in smoke, likely caused by quite spectacular KERS failure …

Ferrari got their act back together in practice 2 and occupied top 2 slots on the timesheets. This is the first time this season Nico Rosberg was not the fastest in practice :-) .

Malaysian GP Practice 2 Times:

1. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:35.707
2. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:35.832
3. S. Vettel – Red Bull – 1:35.954
4. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:36.015
5. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:36.026
6. R. Barrichello – Brawn GP – 1:36.161
7. J. Button – Brawn GP – 1:36.254
8. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:36.290
9. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:36.397
10. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:36.401
11. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:35.515
12. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:36.516
13. S. Buemi – Toro Rosso – 1:36.628
14. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:36.639 29
15. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:36.640
16. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:36.875
17. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:37.267
18. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:37.278
19. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:37.432
20. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:37.930

Photo: Bridgestone Motorsport

6 Comments Post a Comment
  1. nieuweNo Gravatar says:

    Do we know who will be running with and without KERS? I noticed the wieght difference was considerable but no real advantage on the track even with the hp boost.

    • F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

      at the moment Ferrari, McLaren, Renault run KERS on both cars, BMW Sauber only on Heidfeld’s car. They use the KERS over the lap usually to improve their lap times. In AUstralia some of the drivers without KERS said that it is very difficult for them to overtake a slower car ahead that runs with KERS.

      so there are some benefits, but again, Alonso for example was diappointed with performance of his KERS in Australia

      it will be interesting to see what will Ferrari do with their KERS if the sacry smoke situations in Kimi Raikkonen’s car this morning was really caused be KERS as suspected

      • Apparently it has been determined that Kerz was indeed the problem, I am watching it from the tv right now… and the announcers that I am listening to said, that the smell was so bad, that it was like a 6 month old cheese standing out there. Apparently the kerz system doesn’t not like when the day is so hot, hehe.

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  2. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    KERS has to provide a car a huge advantage at the start, passing, and holding off a car trying to pass. I am not sure it helps on overall lap times, and may slow the cars.

    As the key to F1 is qualifying position, my opinion is that KERS probably hurts more than helps. I have heard KERS adds about 60 lbs to a car. That’s the equivalent of holding about 6 more laps fuel or nearly 1 second per lap. I am sure they get some of that back with the added power, but not the full amount.

    • KotenokNo Gravatar says:

      Good info and nice opinion, it match mine.

      I think the device fits the F1, may not fit some concepts budget reduction or safety, but the matter is that it brings back some more technical contest and interest to the races as the boost makes the cars fly, some faced it as something not needed or stupid, and others found in it the clue which makes the difference. I think it won’t be just borring as it can be administrated as needed by the drivers, it may be complicated to use and can provoke sometimes more mistakes and slow down the car due it’s weight, but wisely administrated by a driver which feels the grip and has no fear of violent reactions from the back end, it may be a good weapon. I’m already excited to see how the season develops with this device on some tracks as Shanghai, Istambul, Spa, Montmeló or Interlagos.

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  3. KotenokNo Gravatar says:

    I’m amazed how the Brawn GP’s car brakes already since Australian GP, it’s significantly shorter than others!!! The car slows down in just an eye blink, in the very last moment, that may be the best characteristic from the car. And it may be produced by it’s proper weight balance and a good design of the suspension system and it’s stiffness, also the front end aero package may take part in this game. At Sepang there are 3 hard braking spots, and both Jenson and Rubens are able to take precisly the corner coming with a higher speed, down shifting is also done as break-sequence, changing gears also with a faster tempo than other drivers (could it be the reason of the gearbox failure from Rubens Barichello’s car???). At this moment the car is a step forward others, that’s very impressive.

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