Hamilton fastest despite engine, telemetry bugs

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Friday 27th March, 2015 - 6:42pm

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Lewis Hamilton has overcome a problematic opening day to set the fastest practice time in Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton has overcome a problematic opening day to set the fastest practice time in Malaysia

World champion Lewis Hamilton has pulled a stunning lap from adversity to top Practice 2 after being dogged by persistent issues ahead of the Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Mercedes star did not set a time in P1 following his early exit when his team radioed to tell him to turn off the engine in his W06 after just four laps.

While the engine problem did not constitute a power unit change, Hamilton’s appearance in P2 was delayed by 30 minutes before he returned to the garage with telemetry issues.

On returning to the track, Hamilton managed to unleash a 1:39.790s lap to replace Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen at the top by .373s while Nico Rosberg, quickest in P1, was third fastest.

Daniil Kvyat got the best out of a still struggling Red Bull squad by finishing fourth best while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was dogged by handling and CUK issues and was only 10th best, 2s off Hamilton’s flyer.

Kvyat’s encouraging run was soured in the closing minutes of P2 when he cruised back to the pits in neutral complaining of a problem with the Renault engine.

Williams pair Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were fifth and sixth ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Massa had earlier drawn a suspended $€10,000 fine in the first session after using a set of tyres outside the specified time window.

McLaren struggled for driveability with Fernando Alonso 16th while Jenson Button was 17th.

Emerging from the depths of administration crisis which threatened its existence, Manor turned the first laps of the season in P1 with Will Stevens and Roberto Mehri registering a total of 16 circuits.

In P2, Mehri ended in the gravel at Turn 11 30 minutes into the session, bringing out the red flags.

Predictably Stevens and Mehri were the tail-end charlies, ending up 19th and 20th respectively.

Result: Formula 1 Practice 2, Sepang

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1’39.790

16

2

Kimi Räikkönen

Ferrari

1’40.163

.373

29

3

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1’40.218

.428

26

4

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

1’40.346

.556

17

5

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1:40.450

.660

31

6

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1’40.560

.770

27

7

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1’40.652

.862

29

8

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1’41.220

1.430

30

9

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1’41.261

1.471

30

10

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1’41.799

2.009

8

11

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1’41.877

2.087

15

12

Felipe Nasr

Sauber/Ferrari

1’41.988

2.198

30

13

Sergio Pérez

Force India/Mercedes

1’42.242

2.452

24

14

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1’42.291

2.501

31

15

Nico Hülkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1’42.330

2.540

28

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1’42.506

2.716

25

17

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1’42.637

2.847

24

18

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

1’42.948

3.158

7

19

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1’45.704

5.914

12

20

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1’47.229

7.439

6

Result: Formula 1 Practice 1, Sepang

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:40.124s

20

2

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

1:40.497

0.373

17

3

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

1:40.985

0.861

13

4

Romain Grosjean

Lotus/Mercedes

1:41.543

1.419

14

5

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso/Renault

1:41.596

1.472

26

6

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull/Renault

1:41.787

1.663

15

7

Max Verstappen

Toro Rosso/Renault

1:41.803

1.679

23

8

Valtteri Bottas

Williams/Mercedes

1:41.882

1.758

23

9

Daniil Kvyat

Red Bull/Renault

1:42.055

1.931

18

10

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber/Ferrari

1:42.064

1.940

16

11

Felipe Massa

Williams/Mercedes

1:42.103

1.979

23

12

Pastor Maldonado

Lotus/Mercedes

1:42.567

2.443

19

13

Raffaele Marciello

Sauber/Ferrari

1:42.621

2.497

13

14

Fernando Alonso

McLaren/Honda

1:42.885

2.761

20

15

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India/Mercedes

1:42.893

2.769

13

16

Sergio Perez

Force India/Mercedes

1:43.054

2.930

15

17

Jenson Button

McLaren/Honda

1:43.100

2.976

19

18

Will Stevens

Marussia/Ferrari

1:46.686

6.562

8

19

Roberto Merhi

Marussia/Ferrari

1:47.683

7.559

8

20

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

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