Practice 2: Hamilton Beats the Heat in Sepang

Published on by Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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The first day of "heat endurance F1" got underway in Malaysia and Lewis Hamilton was able to put in the fastest lap despite temperatures reaching over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and 40 degrees Celsius. With the heat, tire managing would be crucial for the race, which is an analysis that every team on the grid made after seeing the Pirellis' performance during free practice. Speaking of Practice, it was once again a domination by Mercedes powered cars with Schumacher second, Button third, and Rosberg fourth. So far, Mercedes cars have been untouchable this season, with every session of 2012 being topped by car powered by that engine.

 

A Red Bull sponsored car was up next, but it wasn't the Red Bull you'd expect to be closer to the top. Daniel Ricciardo was able to power his Toro Rosso on from his first points in Australia to put in the fifth fastest time in the dreadful heat. Alonso was still not expecting miracles from Ferrari, but still managed sixth in FP2. Mark Webber was the first actual Red Bull car in seventh, with the team only taking Friday's time as a chance to experiment with the car setup.

 

d12mal780.jpgJean-Eric Vergne did well to put both Toro Rossos into the top ten, and after missing out on his first points in Melbourne, he will hope that he can maintain his speed through to the race and get the points he deserves. Romain Grosjean was ninth fastest, and Vettel rounded out the top ten. After skipping down the order, we found a partial surprise. Felipe Massa's day wasn't going too well as he only put his Ferrari in sixteenth. After a result like that, even in practice, we will have to see if Felipe will have a repeat of the Qualifying disaster last week, this week.

 

No surprises at the back, as Caterham looked to be the best, followed by Marussia and then HRT. Hopefully one of them can break into Q2 if they can pick up the pace tomorrow.

 

Here's a look at the results from FP1(Not mentioned) followed by FP2:

1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.021 GAP 19
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.535   
0.514  
21
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.813 0.792 21
4 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.826 0.805 19
5 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:38.919 0.898 17
6 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.092 1.071 20
7 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:39.128 1.107 22
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.298 1.277 23
9 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.323 1.302 15
10  
12  
Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.440 1.419 19
11 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:39.724 1.703 23
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.783 1.762 23
13 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.896 1.875 16
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.910 1.889 21
15 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.980 1.959 23
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:40.099 2.078 23
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:40.247 2.226 19
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:40.469 2.448 23
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:40.857 2.836 25
20 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.085 3.064 23
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.170 5.149 18
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.580 6.559 14
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:45.360 7.339 8
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:45.528 7.507 18

1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.172 GAP 28
2 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:38.533 0.361 34
3 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.535 0.363 30
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.696 0.524 34
5 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:38.853 0.681 33
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.891 0.719 27
7 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.133 0.961 29
8 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:39.297 1.125 33
9 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:39.311 1.139 22
10  
1    
Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:39.402   
1.230  
25
11 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:39.444 1.272 35
12 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:39.464 1.292 26
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:39.625 1.453 20
14 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.687 1.515 16
15 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:39.696 1.524 29
16 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:40.271 2.099 28
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:40.678 2.506 34
18 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.947 2.775 33
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:41.464 3.292 25
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:41.681 3.509 20
21 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:42.594 4.422 18
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.874 4.702 24
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:43.658 5.486 18
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:43.823 5.651 22

 

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