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04/08/11
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Malaysian GP Practice 1: Webber way out in front  UPDATE
Mark Webber
(GMM)  Mark Webber wasn't in a talking mood at Sepang when asked about his problems in Australia two weeks ago.

"We are not going to go into it too much," he told reporters.  "I am not going to make a meal of what happened in Melbourne, so let's talk about Malaysia."

Red Bull team figures have said some minor issues were found aboard the Australian's RB7 in Melbourne, after he so struggled to keep up with his teammate Sebastian Vettel.

Team boss Christian Horner said the biggest potential issue was with a rear damper, but he insisted it is not the "smoking gun".

And according to Swiss newspaper Blick, the Briton dismissed an Australian media report that said a careless fan had leaned too hard on an aerodynamic part on Webber's car.

Instead, Horner said Albert Park is a "bogey circuit" for Webber and the team's blunt Helmut Marko told Auto Motor und Sport: "Mark had the pressure of his home race against a relaxed Vettel in super form."

Brazil's Globo reports that Red Bull decided to change Webber's chassis after Melbourne, and the Australian was fastest in the initial practice session at Sepang.

04/07/11 On a very green track, Red Bull's Mark Webber dominated opening practice for the Malaysian GP at Sepang with a lap of 1m37.651s.  That easily topped 2nd and 3rd quick Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher at 1m39.316s and 1m39.791s respectively.

Nico Hulkenberg and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top-5.

World Champ Sebastian Vettel was testing tire wear and race setups and was not a factor in this session. 

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m37.651s +0.000s 22
2. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.316s +1.665 16
3. Schumacher Mercedes 1m39.791s +2.140 29
4. Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m40.377s +2.726 23
5. Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m40.443s +2.792 31
6. Massa Ferrari 1m40.453s +2.802 22
7. Heidfeld Renault 1m40.525s +2.874 6
8. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m40.581s +2.930 21
9. Alonso Ferrari 1m40.601s +2.950 23
10. Rosberg Mercedes 1m40.646s +2.995 29
11. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m40.734s +3.083 21
12. Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.748s +3.097 23
13. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m40.770s +3.119 24
14. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.872s +3.221 27
15. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.927s +3.276 16
16. Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m41.620s +3.969 21
17. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m41.627s +3.976 18
18. Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.642s +3.991 24
19. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m42.154s +4.503 18
20. d'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m42.540s +4.889 20
21. Valsecchi Lotus-Renault 1m44.054s +6.403 18
22. Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m45.228s +7.577 20
23. Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m46.267s +8.616 10
24. Petrov Renault 1m47.932s +10.281 4

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