Lewis Hamilton headed the first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.
Jenson Button made it two McLarens in the top three as the rain stayed away in Sepang.
The new teams were the first to send their cars out on track, with Fairuz Fauzy doing an early stint for Lotus. The Malaysian driver, making a one-off appearance in practice for his home Grand Prix, did an early stint which included a lurid spin at turn 12.
Jaime Alguersuari was next out for Toro Rosso but his run ended early as the car suddenly slowed leaving him to roll slowly into the pits.
He wasn’t the only driver to suffer problems. Michael Schumacher missed the first hour of running as Mercedes fixed an hydraulic problem on his car.
And Sebastian Vettel, who’s been no stranger to reliability problems in his Red Bull this year, complained of a lack of power under acceleration.
Other drivers found trouble on the track. Pedro de la Rosa and Felipe Massa both ran wide at turn 11 and took a trip across the gravel. Later in the session Fauzy went off-track a second time, bouncing his T127 over the kerbs.
The McLaren duo made the early running with Lewis Hamilton setting a 1’34.921. Jenson Button made it a McLaren one-two with a 1’35.207.
They stayed at the top of the times until the last lap of the session when Nico Rosberg split the pair of them with a 1’35.106.
There were few improvements late in the session as most drivers appeared to be doing runs on higher fuel loads.
|6||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’35.479||0.558||22|
|7||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’35.955||1.034||20|
|9||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’36.043||1.122||19|
|10||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’36.100||1.179||20|
|13||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’36.645||1.724||18|
|15||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’36.891||1.97||25|
|16||22||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber-Ferrari||1’36.899||1.978||24|
|21||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1’40.159||5.238||25|
2010 Malaysian Grand Prix
- 2010 Malaysian Grand Prix – the complete F1 Fanatic review
- Malaysian GP team mate comparisons
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: McLaren
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Mercedes
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Red Bull
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Ferrari
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Williams
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Renault
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Force India
- Malaysian GP team-by-team: Toro Rosso