Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2012

Hamilton leads Vettel in first practice at Sepang

2012 Malaysian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2012Lewis Hamilton led the way in the first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend.

The McLaren driver headed the times with a best lap of 1’38.021.

Team mate Jenson Button was ninth-quickest in the other car but ended his session in the pits as the team worked to repair an oil leak on his car.

Sebastian Vettel was second-quickest for Red Bull, half a second off the McLaren driver’s pace.

The two Mercedes were next, Nico Rosberg ahead of Michael Schumacher.

Romain Grosjean was fifth-fastest despite hitting trouble earlier in the session. The Lotus driver cruised slowly into the pits, apparently stuck in seventh gear.

Narain Karthikeyan suffered more terminal transmission problems with his car, which came to a stop after just eight laps. He and team mate Pedro de la Rosa propped up the bottom of the times.

Marussia’s Charles Pic spent most of the session in the garage with a technical problem, only emerging for his first run in the final 20 minutes,

With track temperatures hitting 40C during the session, drivers experienced high degradation on the hard tyres. The Caterhams of Vitaly Petrov and Heikki Kovalainen switched to the medium compound before the end of the session.

Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas drove Bruno Senna’s car in the first session and was 11th fastest.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.021 19
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.535 0.514 21
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.813 0.792 21
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.826 0.805 19
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’38.919 0.898 17
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.092 1.071 20
7 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’39.128 1.107 22
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.298 1.277 23
9 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.323 1.302 15
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.440 1.419 19
11 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’39.724 1.703 23
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.783 1.762 23
13 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.896 1.875 16
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.910 1.889 21
15 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.980 1.959 23
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.099 2.078 23
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’40.247 2.226 19
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’40.469 2.448 23
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’40.857 2.836 25
20 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.085 3.064 23
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.170 5.149 18
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’44.580 6.559 14
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’45.360 7.339 8
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’45.528 7.507 18

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