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03/23/12
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Malaysian GP Practice 2: Hamilton again fastest  
Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton remained on top of the timesheet after the second session of free practice for the Malaysian GP, round 2 of the 2012 F1 World Championship.

McLaren looks strong and consistent on both the prime and option Pirelli tires, as quick on the prime tire for the first half of the session as anyone else was going on the option.

In the final analysis, Michael Schumacher again showed the Mercedes has pace in qualifying trim to go second overall, just two thousandths of a second clear of Jenson Button's McLaren. Nico Rosberg was 4th in the second Mercedes.

A very impressive fifth quickest was Melbourne point scorer Daniel Ricciardo (1:38.853) in the Toro Rosso, who ended up fractionally quicker than Fernando Alonso's Ferrari (1:38.891).

Red Bull appears to be in a spot of trouble in qualifying trim at least. Mark Webber's seventh fastest time (1:39.133) was almost a full second down on Hamilton's pace and world champion Sebastian Vettel said his car was "all over the place" on the softer tire midway through the session. As in Australia though, on longer runs the RB8 looked competitive.

French rookie Jean-Eric Vergne (1:39.297) made it two Toro Rossos in the top eight, a couple of hundredths clear of Romain Grosjean (1:39.311), ninth in the faster of the Lotus cars. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen (1:39.696) was again a few tenths shy of his young team mate and finished the session in 15th place, still half a second clear of the struggling Felipe Massa (1:40.271) with the second Ferrari.

Williams look like potential top 10 runners again with Pastor Maldonado (1:39.444) just four hundredths slower than Vettel.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.172s +0.000s 28
2. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.533s +0.361 34
3. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m38.535s +0.363 29
4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.696s +0.524 34
5. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m38.853s +0.681 33
6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m38.891s +0.719 27
7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.133s +0.961 29
8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.297s +1.125 33
9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m39.311s +1.139 22
10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m39.402s +1.230 25
11. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m39.444s +1.272 35
12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m39.464s +1.292 26
13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m39.625s +1.453 20
14. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m39.687s +1.515 16
15. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m39.696s +1.524 29
16. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.271s +2.099 27
17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m40.678s +2.506 34
18. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m40.947s +2.775 33
19. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m41.464s +3.292 25
20. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m41.681s +3.509 20
21. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m42.594s +4.422 18
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m42.874s +4.702 24
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m43.658s +5.486 18
24. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m43.283s +5.561 22

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