Rosberg leads Mercedes 1-2 parade in opening practice

Rosberg happy to be driving the Aldo Costa wonder
Rosberg happy to be driving the Aldo Costa wonder

F1 points leader Nico Rosberg turned the fastest lap in opening practice for the Malaysian GP with a time of 1m35.227s in his Aldo Costa designed Mercedes, an unbeatable car.

Lewis Hamilton was 2nd in the other Mercedes at 1m35.721s, 1/2-sec. slower than his teammate on the newly resurfaced Sepang circuit.

The Ferraris were over 1-sec. per lap slower with Kimi Raikkonen leading teammate Sebastien Vettel by 1/10th of a second.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top-5 in his McLaren with Honda's latest powerplant.

The session was red-flagged for 15-min while firemen and crew members were trying to extinguish a stubborn fire on the Kevin Magnussen Renault in pit lane.

Will the Dane be able to get out this afternoon, or will a full fix take far longer than a few hours?


1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes 1m35.227s 0.000s 25
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 1m35.721s 0.494s 25
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1m36.315s 1.088s 16
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m36.331s 1.104s 18
5 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m36.510s 1.283s 18
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m36.753s 1.526s 27
7 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m36.973s 1.746s 26
8 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m37.513s 2.286s 26
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m37.601s 2.374s 27
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m37.613s 2.386s 20
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.847s 2.620s 29
12 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m37.861s 2.634s 17
13 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m37.886s 2.659s 22
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m37.921s 2.694s 20
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.055s 2.828s 25
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.184s 2.957s 18
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m38.313s 3.086s 20
18 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m38.339s 3.112s 24
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m39.148s 3.921s 23
20 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m40.036s 4.809s 28
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m40.627s 5.400s 26
22 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 2