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Hamilton tops FP1 in Malaysia

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were first and third in first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, split by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen
Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28th, 2014 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Lewis Hamilton set the quickest lap time in the first practice session for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, with his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg third fastest. The two Silver Arrows were split by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Mercedes went into the Malaysian Grand Prix weekend firm favourites after a dominant performance in Melbourne two weeks ago where Nico Rosberg took a comfortable victory. Although times from first practice are not necessarily indicative of the pecking order for the weekend, it's no surprise to see both Mercedes drivers in the top three.

While Mercedes had a good FP1 session, Lotus continues to struggle in this early stage of the season. Neither Romain Grosjean nor Pastor Maldonado managed to set a lap time, with both cars having issues out on track that prevented them from doing much meaningful running. Grosjean's car stopped out on track at turn 9 25 minutes into the session. To the Lotus mechanics' credit, they managed to get Grosjean back out on track before the session ended after the car was recovered to the pits. Maldonado spent most of the session in the pits, and when he eventually took to the track he ended up limping back to the pits with a smoking car.

Aside from the two Lotus drivers, Force India's Sergio Perez also failed to set a lap time in FP1. The Mexican was stuck in the Force India pit garage for almost the entire session, and was on track for just 2 laps.

Despite being fastest in the session, Lewis Hamilton commented over his team radio that the track conditions were very slippery, "It's like driving on marbles out there." Early in the weekend, that's not too much of a surprise. The level of grip should increase significantly through the weekend as more rubber gets laid down on the track.

Full results from FP1:

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:40.691 19
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:40.843 0.152 20
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.028 0.337 19
4 22 Jenson Button McLaren 1:41.111 0.42 20
5 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren 1:41.274 0.583 18
6 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:41.402 0.711 15
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:41.523 0.832 9
8 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:41.642 0.951 19
9 19 Felipe Massa Williams 1:41.686 0.995 23
10 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:41.830 1.139 22
11 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:41.923 1.232 14
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:42.117 1.426 20
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber 1:42.365 1.674 21
14 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:42.869 2.178 21
15 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:42.904 2.213 23
16 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:43.825 3.134 18
17 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham 1:45.775 5.084 24
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia 1:46.911 6.22 10
19 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham 1:51.180 10.489 5
20 11 Sergio Perez Force India No time 2
21 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus No time 2
22 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus No time 4

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