Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2012

Hamilton stays on top in second practice in Malaysia

2012 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Sepang, 2012Lewis Hamilton stayed quickest in the second practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver was 0.361s faster than the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher.

Their team mates were third and fourth, Jenson Button just two-thousandths of a second slower than Schumacher.

Behind Nico Rosberg were Daniel Ricciardo, Mark Webber, Jean-Eric Vergne and Romain Grosjean.

Sebastian Vettel completed the top ten. But the world champions was unhappy with the RB8, telling the team: “The car is all over the place – poor balance,” during the session.

Hotter conditions greeted the drivers for the second practice session in Malaysia, with track temperatures reaching 45C. Rain threatened but failed to materialise during the session.

Paul di Resta had a scruffy session with two off-track moments in the Force India. First he took to the grass at turn 15 due to a failure on his car. Later on he spun after getting onto the kerb at turn six.

He wasn’t the only driver to go off during the session – both HRT drivers had spins and Michael Schumacher also went off. Hamilton also took to the run off at turn four and later on at turn seven.

Kamui Kobayashi spent much of the session in the pits as the team worked on a gearbox problem. He eventually emerged in the final minutes of practice.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.172 28
2 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’38.533 0.361 34
3 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’38.535 0.363 30
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’38.696 0.524 34
5 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.853 0.681 33
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.891 0.719 27
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’39.133 0.961 29
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’39.297 1.125 33
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’39.311 1.139 22
10 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.402 1.230 25
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’39.444 1.272 35
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’39.464 1.292 26
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’39.625 1.453 20
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’39.687 1.515 16
15 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’39.696 1.524 29
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.271 2.099 28
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’40.678 2.506 34
18 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’40.947 2.775 33
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’41.464 3.292 25
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.681 3.509 20
21 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’42.594 4.422 18
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.874 4.702 24
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.658 5.486 18
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’43.823 5.651 22

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