Hamilton fastest in Sepang practice one

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton led the way in first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix
Hamilton led the way in first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix

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.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.921 19
2 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.106 0.185 19
3 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.207 0.286 25
4 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.225 0.304 14
5 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’35.402 0.481 22
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
8 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.969 1.048 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
11 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.451 1.53 22
12 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.503 1.582 28
13 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.645 1.724 18
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’36.712 1.791 9
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
17 10 Nico H?ā??lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’37.802 2.881 27
18 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’38.278 3.357 18
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.460 4.539 21
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.755 4.834 17
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.159 5.238 25
22 19 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’40.721 5.8 19
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’41.832 6.911 27
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’41.966 7.045 24

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix