Raikkonen quickest as rain hits second practice

2013 Malaysian Grand Prix second practice

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Sepang, 2013Australian Grand Prix winner Kimi Raikkonen was the fastest driver at Sepang at the end of the first day of practice.

Raikkonen set a best lap of 1’36.569 on medium tyres, beating the benchmark set by Mark Webber in the first session.

The session got off to a busy start as rain was expected and teams wanted to ensure they had a chance to lap on the softer tyres. Raikkonen was among the last to do so, setting his best time on medium tyres as the rain began.

The rain fell lightly at first but grew heavy enough to force everyone into the pits shortly after the halfway point.

Nico Hulkenberg slipped up on the way back to his garage, spinning in the pits and ending up broadside to oncoming cars. The Sauber driver was able to extract himself and continue his afternoon’s work.

Team mate Esteban Gutierrez’s session was also disrupted due to an exhaust fault, but he was able to return to the track after it was repaired.

Adrian Sutil was not so fortunate, however, managing just ten laps before a technical problem halted his progress at Force India.

After a brief break the track was soon busy again but the damp conditions caught several people out. Sergio Perez caught a snap in the middle of turn ten but was caught out at the same corner a few laps later, ploughing through the gravel.

Giedo van der Garde also had a spin at turn four, and Romain Grosjean had a trip across the grass at the following corner.

By the final ten minutes the track had dried sufficiently for drivers to switch to slick tyres. Daniel Ricciardo was first to make the switch and was soon followed by almost all of the runners.

A significant exception was Fernando Alonso, who remained in the garage in the closing stages.

Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Stint lap At time Laps
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’36.569 1/1 38 28
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.588 0.019 1/1 29 27
3 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’36.661 0.092 1/2 20 33
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’36.985 0.416 3/3 25 23
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’37.026 0.457 1/1 29 29
6 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’37.206 0.637 1/2 31 26
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’37.448 0.879 1/2 38 32
8 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’37.571 1.002 5/5 13 30
9 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’37.574 1.005 1/3 43 32
10 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’37.788 1.219 1/2 26 10
11 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.838 1.269 3/3 34 21
12 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’37.865 1.296 1/2 26 29
13 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.068 1.499 1/2 29 31
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’38.645 2.076 5/5 13 23
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.738 2.169 1/2 16 31
16 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’38.801 2.232 3/3 26 27
17 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’38.904 2.335 3/3 23 31
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’39.508 2.939 1/3 27 30
19 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’39.660 3.091 3/3 27 28
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’40.757 4.188 1/5 21 29
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’40.768 4.199 3/5 26 32
22 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’41.438 4.869 2/3 7 23

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55 comments on Raikkonen quickest as rain hits second practice

  1. Kimi is great yes, but look at Bianchi. I want him to drive for Lotus next year, replacing the Frenchman.

  2. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 22nd March 2013, 10:26

    The only guy never to have driven here before: Jules Bianchi.
    Man, I’m lost for words…

  3. mrjlr93 (@mrjlr93) said on 22nd March 2013, 10:57

    The only place Jules Bianchi is going is Ferrari, Ferrari wont let him go to another team like they did with Sergio Perez.

  4. RonBurgundy said on 22nd March 2013, 11:18

    What this article fails to mention is that Kimi was fastest in the dry AND fastest in the wet. Straight ******* excellence !

  5. Dileep Nair (@dileep_nair) said on 22nd March 2013, 11:51

    Enjoying watching Hamilton and Alonso getting beaten by their respective team-mates, on sheer pace. Also surprising since I am a huge fan of both these drivers.

    Anyways, it doesn’t happen often. That might probably be the reason why!

  6. JamieFranklinF1 (@jamiefranklinf1) said on 22nd March 2013, 19:12

    I haven’t seen a ‘back marker’ significantly beat his team mate like that since racing on my career on F1 2010/11/12. Bianchi is either really good, or Chilton is really bad. Though I have to say that I think the former is true. I can’t see him being in the Marussia next year. One of the teams surely has to realise his potential.

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