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Rosberg quickest in close FP2 session in Malaysia

Nico Rosberg set the pace in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel close behind
Friday, March 28, 2014

March 28th, 2014 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Nico Rosberg kept Mercedes on top in the second practice session for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. However, Rosberg's advantage was smaller than expected. The first five drivers were separated by less than two tenths of a second. Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Ferrari, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

At this early stage of the season, it's crucial that the teams and drivers get as many laps in as possible during practice sessions. Valtteri Bottas led the way for Williams in that department, clocking up 35 laps in the 90-minute session. At the other end of the scale were Caterham's Kamui Kobayashi and Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado, neither of whom left their pit garages at all during FP2.

Lotus have had a very difficult start to the 2014 season, with neither driver finishing the opening race in Melbourne two weeks ago. Their woes seem to be continuing this weekend - neither driver set a lap time in the morning FP1 session and Maldonado did not put a wheel on the track in FP2. However, on a positive note, Romain Grosjean did manage to complete 14 laps in FP2. He was down in 17th place and his session ended early with the Lotus stopped on track, but at least he did get some running in.

The front of the field is looking very close. Mercedes are leading the way, but Ferrari, Red Bull and Williams seem not too far off the pace. It's difficult to know the true pecking order at this early stage of the weekend, as the teams could be running quite different fuel loads to each other. The order will become more clear during tomorrow's qualifying session.

Full results from FP2:

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

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