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Malaysia 2009: Friday Practice One

Malaysia 2009: Friday Practice One

After all the troubles surrounding the result of the Australian Grand Prix, it is nice once again to get stuck into the another race, this time in Malaysia at the Sepang circuit. With drivers voicing concerns about racing in the evening and the possibility of rain, the Malaysian Grand Prix is set to be very exciting. And this morning, Williams once again proved the pace of the FW31, just as they did in Melbourne last Friday.

Nico Rosberg went quickest, but he was closely followed by his team mate, Kazuki Nakajima; the pair only being separated by 0.045s. The Brawns had led the first 90 minute session, but in the final few laps, the Williams stole the top slots and denied Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello the leadership of the timing sheet.

The Brawns therefore finished in third and fourth and the Ferraris fifth and sixth. Felipe Massa got the better of team mate Kimi Raikkonen, the Finn’s lap being about 0.4s shy of Rosberg’s pace. Behind the Ferrari duo sits Lewis Hamilton, who unexpectedly found some speed in the MP4-24. Unfortunately, the second McLaren fared worse and Heikki Kovalainen could only manage seven laps before his car needed work doing to it.

Incidents happening in Malaysia this morning include a rather bizarre one involving Kimi Raikkonen. Apparently his KERS shorted out and this required the team to spend some time working on it. However, it is not entirely known if this caused Raikkonen’s cockpit extinguisher to be fired while Kimi was on the back straight. Autosport have reported both incidents, but any link between the two aren’t yet known to me.

A lot of drivers found themselves in the gravel or trundling over the grass, including Nelson Piquet, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Timo Glock, Jarno Trulli, Robert Kubica, Sebastien Bourdais and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Malaysia 2009
Friday Free Practice One

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m36.260s 27 Laps
2. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m36.305s 25 Laps
3. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m36.430s 20 Laps
4. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m36.487s 22 Laps
5. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.561s 21 Laps
6. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.646s 18 Laps
7. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m36.699s 16 Laps
8. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m36.703s 23 Laps
9. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m36.747s 25 Laps
10. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m36.980s 27 Laps
11. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m36.982s 26 Laps
12. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m37.025s 20 Laps
13. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m37.039s 18 Laps
14. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m37.199s 20 Laps
15. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m37.241s 18 Laps
16. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m37.395s 12 Laps
17. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m37.634s 22 Laps
18. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m37.640s 17 Laps
19. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m38.022s 19 Laps
20. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m38.483s 7 Laps

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