Practice Two - Ferrari come alive in Malaysia 03 Apr 2009
Kimi Raikkonen led team mate Felipe Massa in a Ferrari one-two in Friday afternoons second practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. The Finn dipped below Massas 2008 pole time of 1m 35.748s with 1m 35.707s, and the Brazilian was just 0.125s slower on 1m 35.832s.
The Ferraris took control halfway through, and Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull got closest to them as Williams and Brawn lacked the sheer pace they have shown of late. Vettel lapped in 1m 35.954s.
Nico Rosberg lost a good lap for Williams when Giancarlo Fisichella brought out the yellow flags after crashing quite heavily in Turn 11, removing the left front wheel from his Force India. Rosberg thus had to be content with a later improvement to 1m 36.015s, which put him just ahead of Mark Webber in the second Red Bull on 1m 36.026s. Then came the Brawns of Rubens Barrichello and Jenson Button, on 1m 36.161s and 1m 36.254s respectively, and Kazuki Nakajima in the second Williams on 1m 36.290s.
Heikki Kovalainen staged a last-minute improvement to ninth place on 1m 36.397s, upstaging beleaguered McLaren team mate Lewis Hamilton whose 1m 36.515s left him behind old GP2 sparring partner Nelson Piquet on 1m 36.401s in the Renault and only just ahead of Toyotas Jarno Trulli on 1m 36.516s.
Sebastien Buemi continued his good work at Toro Rosso, posting the 13th fastest time of 1m 36.628s to head Timo Glock, who had two off-course moments before recording 1m 36.639s for 14th place in the Toyota. Fernando Alonso was also off the road briefly, on his way to 1m 36.640s for Renault, then came a similarly errant Adrian Sutil in the second Force India on 1m 36.875s. BMW Sauber once again looked off the pace, with Robert Kubica on 1m 37.267s for 17th and Nick Heidfeld last on 1m 37.930s. Remember what they did in Australia, though.
Between the Swiss-German cars came Sebastien Bourdais on 1m 37.278s for Toro Rosso and Fisichella, who recorded 1m 37.432s before his late shunt, from which he emerged unscathed.
Besides Fisichella, Glock, Sutil and Alonso, Barrichello, Bourdais and Buemi also went off the road momentarily.