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Raikkonen fastest in Malaysia

by Michelle Fortune , 22 March 2013

Kimi Raikkonen looks to be in a commanding position going into Sunday's Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix after finishing top of the timesheets in Friday's second free practice session.


Mark Webber had clocked the fastest time in the morning, with Raikkonen second, but it was the Lotus driver who posted the best time of the day with a superb 1:36.569.

Webber's Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel was best of the rest in the afternoon with Ferrari's Felipe Massa third after an impressive run, while Fernando Alonso was just 0.4s off his team-mate in third.

Having topped the timesheets in the first session, Webber had to settle for fifth with Romain Grosjean sixth in the second Lotus.

Mercedes and Force India completed the top ten with Nico Rosberg seventh with Paul Di Resta, Lewis Hamilton and Adrian Sutil eighth, ninth and tenth respectively.

McLaren's woes continued as they could only manage 11th and 12th - Sergio Perez fared marginally better than Jenson Button.

There was a similar look to the morning times with Red Bull, Lotus, Ferrari, Mercedes and Force India making up the top ten.

Raikkonen missed the first 55 minutes of action as his engineers worked on replacing a KERS battery but the champion leader looked sharp as he took to the track, clocking 1:37.003, just 0.068 seconds down on Webber.

Vettel was third ahead of Alonso with Rosberg and Sutil fifth and sixth respectively. Massa and di Rests were seventh and eighth, with Hamilton and Grosjean completing the top ten.

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - Practice 2 Results:
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps

1. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m36.569 28
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m36.588s + 0.019s 27
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m36.661s + 0.092s 33
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m36.985s + 0.416s 23
5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m37.026s + 0.457s 29
6. Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 1m37.206s + 0.637s 26
7. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.448s + 0.879s 32
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.571s + 1.002s 30
9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.574s + 1.005s 32
10. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m37.788s + 1.219s 10
11. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.838s + 1.269s 21
12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.865s + 1.296s 29
13. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.068s + 1.499s 31
14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.645s + 2.076s 23
15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.738s + 2.169s 31
16. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.801s + 2.232s 27
17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.904s + 2.335s 31
18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m39.508s + 2.939s 30
19. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m39.660s + 3.091s 28
20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m40.757s + 4.188s 29
21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m40.768s + 4.199s 32
22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.438s + 4.869s 23

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - Practice 1 Results: 
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps

1. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.935s 15
2. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m37.003s + 0.068s 15
3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m37.104s + 0.169s 21
4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m37.319s + 0.384s 13
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.588s + 0.653s 19
6. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m37.769s + 0.834s 17
7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m37.771s + 0.836s 15
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m37.773s + 0.838s 15
9. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.840s + 0.905s 18
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m37.915s + 0.980s 17
11. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.173s + 1.238s 16
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m38.673s + 1.738s 16
13. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.830s + 1.895s 17
14. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.054s + 2.119s 17
15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.204s + 2.269s 16
16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m39.208s + 2.273s 19
17. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.284s + 2.349s 17
18. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.567s + 2.632s 16
19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m40.728s + 3.793s 17
20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m40.996s + 4.061s 14
21. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m41.163s + 4.228s 18
22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.513s + 4.578s 14

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