Webber edges Hamilton in final practice

The Red Bulls flew in final practice

The Red Bulls flew in final practice

Red Bull showed their hand ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix as both drivers finished in the top three in the final practice session.

Mark Webber beat Lewis Hamilton by 17 thousandths of a second, knocking the McLaren driver off the top spot in practice for the first time this weekend.

Sebastian Vettel backed him up in third place, the top three covered by a scant 45 thousandths of a second.

The McLaren drivers made early runs on the soft tyres in the final session as a rain shower passed by the circuit. The pair did another run on the option tyres later in the session but failed to improve – and Jenson Button was six tenths of a second off his team mate.

Rubens Barrichello showed some signs of improvement for Williams with the ninth fastest time.

It was a largely incident-free session although Heikki Kovalainen lost part of his Lotus’s front wing after running off the circuit.

Position Car number Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’33.542 17
2 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.559 0.017 14
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’33.587 0.045 17
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’33.751 0.209 19
5 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.992 0.45 15
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’34.090 0.548 13
7 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.113 0.571 16
8 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’34.174 0.632 15
9 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’34.540 0.998 13
10 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’34.549 1.007 17
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’34.623 1.081 11
12 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.673 1.131 19
13 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’34.882 1.34 13
14 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’34.957 1.415 16
15 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.026 1.484 16
16 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’35.076 1.534 17
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.477 1.935 18
18 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.404 2.862 19
19 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.299 3.757 15
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’37.369 3.827 16
21 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’38.161 4.619 18
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’38.783 5.241 13
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’39.868 6.326 19
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’39.895 6.353 16

Combined Malaysian Grand Prix practice results

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 FP3 Total laps
1 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’35.479 1’38.786 1’33.542 52
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.921 1’34.175 1’33.559 60
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.043 1’34.441 1’33.587 64
4 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.969 1’35.581 1’33.751 73
5 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.225 1’34.674 1’33.992 59
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.106 1’34.443 1’34.090 62
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’35.207 1’34.538 1’34.113 65
8 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.451 1’36.602 1’34.174 67
9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’38.278 1’36.813 1’34.540 57
10 Robert Kubica Renault 1’35.402 1’35.148 1’34.549 73
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’35.955 1’35.957 1’34.623 63
12 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.100 1’35.660 1’34.673 78
13 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’37.802 1’37.415 1’34.882 59
14 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’36.221 1’34.957 50
15 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.645 1’36.325 1’35.026 73
16 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’36.712 1’35.872 1’35.076 46
17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.899 1’36.325 1’35.477 75
18 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’36.503 1’36.018 1’36.404 85
19 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’36.891 25
20 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’39.755 1’39.061 1’37.299 55
21 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’39.460 1’38.454 1’37.369 71
22 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’38.530 1’38.161 50
23 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’40.159 1’39.158 1’38.783 67
24 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’41.832 1’41.481 1’39.868 78
25 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’41.966 1’41.084 1’39.895 67
26 Fairuz Fauzy Lotus-Cosworth 1’40.721 19

2010 Malaysian Grand Prix

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33 comments on Webber edges Hamilton in final practice

  1. Giuseppe said on 3rd April 2010, 7:23

    I missed FP3 because according to BBC Sport it was supposed to start at 6:55. AArgh, waking up early for nothing!!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd April 2010, 7:30

      I hate to make things worse but I did point this out earlier in the week: Malaysian Grand Prix TV & live blog times

    • haha said on 3rd April 2010, 7:47

      lol, I also planned for the same time only catch the end of the practice. Also, BBC Player failed me cos it kept circling ound trying to load video and that is me with a fast broadband. Never had problems like this before.

    • MigueLP said on 3rd April 2010, 8:04

      it was clear that williams were preparing the race in sepang the weather is unpredictable so it seems obvious to try to find a racing set up asap quali may not be crucial and also last year rosberg williams ran very well at start. im only surprised with hamilton i wasnt expecting him still on the top really out performing his team mate likewise alonso

  2. VXR said on 3rd April 2010, 7:25

    Interesting that Webber and Hamilton find themselves heading practice sessions. Bridgestone have just revealed that both of those drivers “had to do a two-stop” in Melbourne.

    http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/82635

    • US_Peter said on 3rd April 2010, 7:35

      Very interesting. I remember Hamilton on radio saying his tires were going off (after his second pit) and thinking there’s no way he would’ve made it without that second pit. Seconds later he was on the radio again cursing his team for calling him in. What’s even more interesting in that article is that Bridgestone said Alonso took the best care of his tires.

      • VXR said on 3rd April 2010, 7:37

        The Ferrari has always been the kindest car to its tyres all through pre-season testing and this will be a major factor in the championship.

        • MigueLP said on 3rd April 2010, 7:55

          and in 2007 and 08 they were only performing on the harder tracks because of that factor

    • Magnificent Geoffrey said on 3rd April 2010, 7:43

      Are we to imply from this that both Mark and Lewis are simply going too fast? I’m not forgetting the fact that last weekend was a very rare scenario for the teams and drivers to deal with but I’m just a little bit concerned that the need to conserve tyres is now more crucial to a racing situation than out-and-out pace. That’s a factor more suitable to endurance-racing and I don’t like the idea that the ‘quicker’ drivers are shooting themselves in the foot by pushing too hard.

      Obviously tyre management is a crucial factor for every driver with this year’s regulations, but if these rules mean that there’s a greater emphasis on backing off slightly and conserving tyres over pushing “like a hell” for the entire race distance – I can’t see that helping the ‘racing’ situation at all.

      I imagine I’m probably just repeating what people said after Bahrain, but it seems as though one-stopping with a very long second-stint on the hard tyres is the only way to go for the front-runners in a dry, Safety Car free race…and I honestly can’t see that being a effective catalyst for overtaking at all.

      • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd April 2010, 7:51

        I think we’re just two races into the season and no-one really knows yet.

        What happened in Australia was largely reactive. Button found himself in the lead with no need to pit and gambled on getting to the end without another stop. Hamilton had passed several cars and probably hurt his tyres a lot more doing so, so he took an extra stop.

        • “Hamilton had passed several cars and probably hurt his tyres a lot more doing so, so he took an extra stop.”
          Hamilton’s drive was a case in point. Overtaking was possible but at the cost of tyre wear. This problem will be more pronounced once we get to more fully dry races. I fully expect dry races to be more like bahrain.

    • Icthyes said on 3rd April 2010, 7:49

      Interesting new perspective. I wonder if Hamilton knew his tyres were near-terminal before his first stop? He knew they were towards the end, but he’d probably have assumed that was because he was pushing like hell for the latter part of the race.

      If he did know the score before the first stop, then his criticism of the team becomes rather less impressive (let no-one say I’m a Hamilton fanboy!).

    • DMW said on 3rd April 2010, 14:26

      But article goes on to say that Button’ tires were also shot and it was actually “dangerous” for him to have gone that long. If Button had slid off a la Hamilton in China a couple years back on busted tires, he and the Team would be mercilessly criticized. If Hamilton had got by Kubica, possibly he would have been in a position to take the former’s pace and hold out till the end too. As for the Ferrari their approach of letting Fred nurse his tires till the end almost cost them two spots to Hamilton. This is to say, these strategic calls were all very close and Bridgestone’s statement supplies little in terms of constructive hindsight.

  3. Expecting Vettel on pole….

  4. VXR said on 3rd April 2010, 7:31

    Expecting it to rain a lot…..

  5. US_Peter said on 3rd April 2010, 7:37

    Hoping for Vettel on pole…

    Hoping for it to rain a lot…

  6. Schumi finally beats Rosberg :D
    If it rains then HRT, Virgin and Lotus have chance to get into Q2

  7. VXR said on 3rd April 2010, 7:41

    If it rains there might not be a Q2!

    • WHy? How it is actually possible?

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd April 2010, 7:49

      It wouldn’t surprise me if, after all the talk of rain and the hangover from last year, it turns out we don’t see a drop!

      That said looking at the weather forecasts it looks like we are going to get rain.

      • But are u actually thinking that after Q1 qualifying will be stopped and over?

        • BBT said on 3rd April 2010, 8:02

          You never know we could see Sunday morning qualifying.

          • Icthyes said on 3rd April 2010, 8:05

            I’ll be amazed (okay, disappointed) if, after what happened in Brazil last year, the FIA haven’t come up with a fixed back-up plan.

  8. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 3rd April 2010, 7:52

    That looks like a good lap from Glock – 1.5s clear of di Grassi and ahead of both the Lotuses.

  9. Dev said on 3rd April 2010, 8:13

    so if the qualification get cancelled cause of rain, do they use FP3 times for the grid line up?

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