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Malaysia 2009: Friday Practice Two

Malaysia 2009: Friday Practice Two

The second 90 minute practice session ended earlier this morning at unlike the first run, it wasn’t Williams who captured the top spots. Instead Ferrari found themselves leading the timing sheets and Kimi Raikkonen going fastest of all. Felipe Massa was only 0.1s down and the final order was much more mixed up than previously, with some teams unexpectedly doing better than others. Red Bull Racing found some pace and Kovalainen improved after a disastrous showing in the pre-lunch session.

Kimi Raikkonen suffered some problems with his KERS in the first session, and although the specific issue was rectified, the Finn still experienced problems with the device after lunch. The system has failed and overheated in testing prior to the start of the season although everything looked to be working well during the Australian Grand Prix last weekend.

Both Red Bull Racing drivers found themselves nearer the top of the tables in the second practice session, the RB5 coming alive later in the day, just as it did in Melbourne. Sebastian Vettel went third with a time that was just 0.247s shy of Kimi’s. Mark Webber also ran well and finished the day in fifth and 0.3s adrift of the pace setting time from the Ferrari.

Giancarlo Fisichella was running very well in the Force India, but was unable to compete any further after clouting the barrier on his 27th tour of Sepang. Team mate Adrian Sutil looked fairly competitive in the second Force India though, finishing sixteenth and improving on his first session time by 0.4s.

Looking at the times set, it appears as though many of the drivers are grouped by their cars. In the first session, Williams led, followed by both Brawns and both Ferraris. Red Bull, Toyota, Force India, Scuderia Toro Rosso and Renault all had their drivers run closely to one another. In the second session, we can see a similar effect taking place. Both Ferraris are at the top, the Red Bulls are close, then both Brawns, McLaren are close, as are Toyota.

Malaysia 2009
Friday Free Practice Two

Lap Time
Fastest Time Set

Laps Set
Number Laps Set

1. Finnish FlagKimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.707s 40 Laps
2. Brazilian FlagFelipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.832s 38 Laps
3. German FlagSebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1m35.954s 40 Laps
4. German FlagNico Rosberg Williams 1m36.015s 39 Laps
5. Australian FlagMark Webber Red Bull Racing 1m36.026s 36 Laps
6. Brazilian FlagRubens Barrichello Brawn 1m36.161s 37 Laps
7. British FlagJenson Button Brawn 1m36.254s 31 Laps
8. Japanese FlagKazuki Nakajima Williams 1m36.290s 35 Laps
9. Finnish FlagHeikki Kovalainen McLaren 1m36.397s 40 Laps
10. Brazilian FlagNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1m36.401s 35 Laps
11. British FlagLewis Hamilton McLaren 1m36.515s 30 Laps
12. Italian FlagJarno Trulli Toyota 1m36.516s 34 Laps
13. Swiss FlagSebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m36.628s 32 Laps
14. German FlagTimo Glock Toyota 1m36.639s 29 Laps
15. Spanish FlagFernando Alonso Renault 1m36.640s 20 Laps
16. German FlagAdrian Sutil Force India 1m36.875s 36 Laps
17. Polish FlagRobert Kubica BMW 1m37.267s 38 Laps
18. French FlagSebastien Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1m37.278s 30 Laps
19. Italian FlagGiancarlo Fisichella Force India 1m37.432s 27 Laps
20. German FlagNick Heidfeld BMW 1m37.930s 37 Laps

Oliver White

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