Mercedes stay ahead in Malaysia

2014 Malaysian Grand Prix second practice

Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, Sepang International Circuit, 2014Mercedes headed the second practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix as they did the first, but this time Nico Rosberg was on top.

The two W05s were separated by just over a tenth of a second – and two of their rivals. Kimi Raikkonen was second-fastest ahead of Sebastian Vettel, followed by first practice pace setter Lewis Hamilton.

Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were also within two-tenths of a second of Rosberg as the front of the field closed up in the second session.

In punishing 34C heat with track temperatures exceeding 50C, some drivers found their tyres were suffering quickly once their race preparation stints began. The Mercedes drivers in particular seemed to reach the limit of their medium tyres more quickly than their rivals.

Lotus’s dire problems continued into the second session, though Romain Grosjean managed to complete 14 laps between stoppages, before he was halted by a gearbox problem.

But team mate Pastor Maldonado failed to set a time at all, as did Kamui Kobayashi in the Caterham.

Max Chilton began the session with a spin at turn three. He was recovered by the marshals and was able to rejoin practice halfway through the session.

Several other drivers also ventured off the track without consequences. Daniel Ricciardo ran through a gravel trap on one of his final laps, while Nico Hulkenberg went straight on at the final corner in his Force India.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’39.909 30
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’39.944 0.035 30
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’39.970 0.061 30
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’40.051 0.142 32
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.103 0.194 29
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’40.112 0.203 34
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’40.276 0.367 29
8 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.628 0.719 28
9 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’40.638 0.729 35
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’40.691 0.782 34
11 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’40.777 0.868 33
12 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.014 1.105 20
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.257 1.348 28
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’41.325 1.416 32
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.407 1.498 34
16 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’41.671 1.762 25
17 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’42.531 2.622 14
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’43.638 3.729 20
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’43.752 3.843 29
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’45.703 5.794 31
21 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 0
22 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 0

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57 comments on Mercedes stay ahead in Malaysia

  1. Vettel Fan Boy said on 28th March 2014, 9:21

    Like last year ,the Mercedes will be a tyre eater and the RB10 which is kind on its tyres will easily win.

  2. Red Bull’s form was pretty promising yet again. I figured Australia may have been slightly unrepresentative due to the circuit characteristics, but they seem quick on this – a more “standard” circuit.

  3. erix said on 28th March 2014, 10:54

    It may become common to see FinnGerman, Finn, German, in the top.

  4. Ciaran (@ciaran) said on 28th March 2014, 12:37

    Was it just me, or do the cars sound much better this weekend? I imagine FOM have been tweaking their microphones, because on my stream the cars’ volumes weren’t a problem at all.

  5. PaulM (@pmelton) said on 28th March 2014, 12:51

    Did anyone see the ‘wobble’ that Hamilton had with his front right in FP2? Was wondering if that was a normal thing, or if it had something to do with a flat-spot or possibly even a mechanical issue…

  6. iAltair (@ialtair) said on 28th March 2014, 15:02

    11th straight wins for the Germans?

  7. Dane said on 28th March 2014, 16:22

    Good to see Kimi near the top. Looks like Ferrari and Red Bull may actually give Merc a run for their money.

  8. Tayyib said on 28th March 2014, 17:17

    Nice to see the Kimster starting to get to grips with car with Fernando there or thereabouts . Red Bull are coming but I think as of now the Mercs still have the edge. But there tyre wear may be an issue but if there quick enough they should be able to 3 stop.

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