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Friday 23rd March, 2012 - 1:23pm

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McLaren’s strong start to the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship has continued in Sepang, with Lewis Hamilton emerging fastest from Practice 1.

The Briton’s best time of 1:38.02s proved 0.51s quicker than Sebastian Vettel’s best for Red Bull, with Nico Rosberg, Michael Schumacher and Romain Grosjean rounding out the top five.

Australians Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo were sixth and 18th fastest respectively.

Finnish youngster Vallteri Bottas drove Bruno Senna’s Williams in the 90 minute session, out-pacing the team’s lead driver Pastor Maldonado on his way to 11th.

Australian Grand Prix winner Jenson Button was ninth after his progressed was slowed by an oil leak.

Practice 2 will get underway at 1700 Australian (AEDT) time.

See below for the Practice 1 times

1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.021
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.535 0.514
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.813 0.792
4 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.826 0.805
5 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:38.919 0.898
6 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.092 1.071
7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:39.128 1.107
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.298 1.277
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.323 1.302
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.440 1.419
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.724 1.703
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.783 1.762
13 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.896 1.875
14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.910 1.889
15 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.980 1.959
16 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:40.099 2.078
17 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:40.247 2.226
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:40.469 2.448
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.857 2.836
20 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.085 3.064
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.170 5.149
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.580 6.559
23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:45.360 7.339
24 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:45.528 7.507

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