Raikkonen fastest in Malaysia

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Updated: March 22, 2013

Kimi Raikkonen continued where he left off in Australia by recording the fastest time in opening free practice ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen winner of the season opener in Melbourne, came in second quickest behind Mark Webber in the morning however topped the times in the afternoon on a hot steamy day, until the heavens opened with half an hour left.

Raikkonen lapped in one minute 36:569 seconds to shade the other Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel by 0.019 seconds, with a resurgent Felipe Massa 1:36.661 clocking the third fastest time of the day in his Ferrari.

Spain’s Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in the other Ferrari, marginally ahead of Webber, who was quicker in the morning, and the second Lotus of Romain Grosjean coming home in sixth, suggesting that it will be another battle between Lotus, Ferrari and Red Bull.

The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were a little off the pace but with team principal Ross Brawn hinting the cars were carrying a heavier fuel load to gauge tyre wear, they are likely to be closer to the leaders in qualifying on Saturday.

The battle for the final two spots in Q3 (the 10-car third qualifying round) appears set to be fought between Force India, who showed their strong Melbourne showing was no fluke, the improving McLarens and Sauber.

AFTERNOON FREE PRACTICE

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:36.569
2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:36.588
3. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:36.661
4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:36.985
5. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:37.026
6. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:37.206
7. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:37.448
8. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:37.571
9. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:37.574
10. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:37.788
11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:37.838
12. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:37.865
13. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 1:38.068
14. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:38.645
15. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:38.738
16. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:38.801
17. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:38.904
18. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:39.508
19. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams – Renault 1:39.660
20. Charles Pic (France) Caterham – Renault 1:40.757
21. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham – Renault 1:40.768
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia – Cosworth 1:41.438

 

MORNING FREE PRACTICE

1. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:36.935
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:37.003
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:37.104
4. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:37.319
5. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:37.588
6. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:37.769
7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:37.771
8. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:37.773
9. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:37.840
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:37.915
11. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:38.173
12. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:38.673
13. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:38.830
14. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 1:39.054
15. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:39.204
16. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams – Renault 1:39.208
17. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:39.284
18. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:39.567
19. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham – Renault 1:40.728
20. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:40.996
21. Charles Pic (France) Caterham – Renault 1:41.163
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia – Cosworth 1:41.513