Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sepang, 2012

Rosberg puts Mercedes on top in final practice session

2012 Malaysian Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sepang, 2012Nico Rosberg showed Mercedes’ potential in the final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

He was 0.4 seconds faster than his closest competitor as practice concluded at the Sepang International Circuit.

The session began on a damp but drying circuit. Following their installation laps the drivers sat tight in the pits, waiting for their competitors to make the first move.

Bruno Senna was the first to head out on slick tyres. As his times dipped into the 1’40s most of his rivals joined him on the track.

The lap times fell quickly on the busy circuit, and with 20 minutes to go Vettel had all-but matched the quickest time seen during yesterday’s running.

But Hamilton aborted his first run after a lurid, high-speed slide off the track at turn 13.

Pastor Maldonado was one of the last drivers to set their first time. His lap of 1’37.455 put the Williams fastest by half a second, indicating their potential.

Hamilton was one of the first to do a lap on medium tyres, but his 1’37.776 fell short of Maldonado’s best. The Williams was quickly demoted by the Red Bulls, both Lotuses and Rosberg’s Mercedes.

The drivers stayed on the track for a second lap on the softer tyres but none could find any improvement.

That left Rosberg on top ahead of a closely-matched group comprising the two Red Bulls, two Lotuses, Jenson Button and Maldonado covered by just 0.135s.

Michael Schumacher was eighth-quickest with Hamilton and Kamui Kobayashi completing the top ten.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’36.877 16
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’37.320 0.443 15
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.338 0.461 12
4 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’37.356 0.479 13
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.382 0.505 13
6 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.404 0.527 12
7 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’37.455 0.578 13
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’37.663 0.786 15
9 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.776 0.899 8
10 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’37.977 1.100 17
11 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’38.091 1.214 20
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.178 1.301 15
13 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’38.246 1.369 17
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’38.285 1.408 16
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.423 1.546 13
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.640 1.763 11
17 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’38.794 1.917 18
18 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’39.209 2.332 16
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’39.704 2.827 15
20 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’40.189 3.312 14
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.901 5.024 14
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’42.007 5.130 14
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’42.464 5.587 14
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’43.378 6.501 17

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