Mark Webber sets the pace in opening Sepang practice

Mark Webber

Mark Webber

Mark Webber has made the perfect start to his Malaysian Grand Prix weekend by topping the opening practice session at Sepang.

The 36-year-old, who endured another disappointing home race in Australia last weekend, edged out Melbourne winner Kimi Raikkonen by 0.07s with a best time of 1:36.94s.

Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in the second of the Red Bulls ahead of Fernando Alonso, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Felipe Massa, Paul di Resta, Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean.

A KERS problem kept Raikkonen in the garage for the first hour of the 90 minute session.

No times were set in the first 30 minutes, with the majority of quick laps subsequently put down in the second third of the session before the focus switched to long runs.

A second 90 minute practice will take place later this afternoon.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:36.935
2 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:37.003 0.068
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.104 0.169
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:37.319 0.384
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.588 0.653
6 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:37.769 0.834
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:37.771 0.836
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:37.773 0.838
9 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.840 0.905
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:37.915 0.980
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.173 1.238
12 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:38.673 1.738
13 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.830 1.895
14 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.054 2.119
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.204 2.269
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.208 2.273
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.284 2.349
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:39.567 2.632
19 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:40.728 3.793
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.996 4.061
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:41.163 4.228
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.513 4.578

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