STILL FASTEST DESPITE WOES: Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes is lifted off the Sepang circiut. He still managed to set the fastest time during second practice. Image: AP / Vincent Thian
SEPANG, Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton proved quickest at Sepang despite a misfiring car as he topped second practice ahead of the 2015 Malaysian GP on Friday (March 27).
The Mercedes ace spent much time in the garage and quit the first practice due to mechanical issues. He still managed to set the day's quickest time, by nearly four-tenths of a second, in second practice.
The performance at the Sepang circuit underlined the superiority Hamilton showed in winning the season-opener in Australia as he set out after his third F1 Drivers' title.
TOPS IN PRACTICE
Hamilton managed only four laps of the 90 minutes of first practice before being told to park his Mercedes and hitched a lift back to the pits on the back of a moped.
His problems continued in P2: he sat out the first 40 minutes and returned to the garage when his team couldn't detect his telemetry data. Later he re-emerged to set a field-scorching lap of 1min39.790 before returning to base soon afterwards with gear problems.
BEST OF THE REST
Behind him Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was the best of the rest, 0.373sec behind, followed by Hamilton's team mate Nico Rosberg who had timed quickest in P1.
Daniil Kvyat was fourth-fastest in his Red Bull followed by Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa and Ferrari's four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
Pastor Maldonado had a truncated second session after bodywork came loose on his Lotus and Roberto Mehri spun into the gravel on his first day of action for Manor.
Ferrari's Vettel followed Mehri off at Turn 11 before continuing, while Fernando Alonso also had some excursions off the track in his McLaren.
ALONSO, MANOR RETURNS
Alonso, who missed the Australian GP after a crash in testing, was 16th quickest, one place better than team mate Jenson Button in another torrid day for McLaren.
Manor's Will Stevens and Mehri propped up the timesheets but it was nevertheless a positive day for the new team, who failed to get out of their garage in Melbourne.
Malaysia 2015 second practice times
1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min39.790
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min40.163
3 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min40.218
4 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) RedBull - Renault 1min40.346
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min40.450
6 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min40.560
7 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min40.652
8 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min41.220
9 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1min41.261
10 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min41.799
11 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min41.877
12 Felipe Nasr (Brazil) Sauber 1min41.988
13 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min42.242
14 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1min42.291
15 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min42.330
16 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min42.506
17 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min42.637
18 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus 1min42.948
19 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 1min45.704
20 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 1min47.229
Malaysia 2015 first practice times
1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min40.124
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min40.497
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Ferrari 1min40.985
4 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus1min41.543
5 Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain) Toro Rosso 1min41.596
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull 1min41.787
7 Max Verstappen (Netherlands) Toro Rosso 1min41.803
8 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams 1min41.882
9 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Red Bull 1min42.055
10 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Sauber 1min42.064
11 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams 1min42.103
12 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus 1min42.567
13 Raffaele Marciello (Italy) Sauber 1min42.621
14 Fernando Alonso (Spain) McLaren 1min42.885
15 Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) Force India 1min42.893
16 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India 1min43.054
17 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min43.100
18 Will Stevens (Britain) Marussia 1min46.686
19 Roberto Merhi (Spain) Marussia 1min47.683
20 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - No time
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