Practice Two - Hamilton holds on at the top 02 Apr 2010
Lewis Hamilton retained the fastest time in the second practice session in Sepang on Friday, lapping his McLaren in 1m 34.175s. But Sebastian Vettel ran him close, getting within 0.266s of him with 1m 34.441s for Red Bull after completing his tyre testing and full-tank work.
That pipped Nico Rosberg by two-thousandths of a second, after the German had taken his Mercedes round in 1m 34.443s. The other aces were Jenson Button, who recorded 1m 34.538s in the second McLaren, and Michael Schumacher in the second Mercedes, on 1m 34.674s.
Robert Kubica was once again quick for Renault, with the sixth fastest time of 1m 35.148s, while Fernando Alonso finally improved to 1m 35.581s after languishing down around 18th place for much of the session. This may not have simply been a matter of running full tanks and doing tyre testing either, for Felipe Massa never did get going and was only 15th on 1m 36.602s in the sister car. Certainly, neither Ferrari was as quick as expected.
Sebastien Buemi was eighth for Toro Rosso in 1m 35.660s, ahead of Vitaly Petrov in the second Renault on 1m 35.872s and Adrian Sutil in the lead Force ndia on 1m 35.957s. The German later drove through the gravel at Turn 11, one of several incidents as drivers pushed to the limit.
Kamui Kobayashi was 11th for BMW Sauber on 1m 36.018s, ahead of Force ndias Vitantonio Liuzzi on 1m 36.221s, the talians final run yet again being hampered by traffic. Pedro de la Rosa was 13th in the second BMW Sauber on 1m 36.325s, a time subsequently matched by Toro Rossos Jaime Alguersuari, who was another to go off, in Turn Eight.
Behind Massa, the two Williams were again together, Rubens Barrichello lapping his FW32 in 1m 36.813s, Nico Hulkenberg in 1m 37.415s.
Lotus again won the newbies race, Jarno Trulli lapping his T127 in 1m 38.454s for 18th ahead of team mate Heikki Kovalainen who was back in action for 1m 38.530s. Mark Webber was behind them in 1m 38.786s, having left his Red Bull in the Turn Nine gravel after an issue with his engine.
Timo Glock had some moments over a kerb during the course of the session, lapping his Virgin in 1m 39.061s for 21st just ahead of team mate Lucas di Grassi who managed 1m 39.158s. Karun Chandhok spent much of the time in the pits as his HRT was being worked on, but came out close to the end to beat team mate Bruno Senna, with 1m 41.084s to 1m 41.481s.