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Practice Two - Raikkonen on top in rain-hit Malaysia 22 Mar 2013

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E21.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013 Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB9.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F138.
Formula One World Championship, Rd2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Practice, Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, 22 March 2013 Tyre debris flicked up by Esteban Gutierrez. His choice of full wet tyres is not proving to be the wisest as he struggles for grip

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in the second free practice session for the 2013 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix in Sepang, before rain half an hour from the end prevented anyone from challenging his position.

Raikkonen edged out Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa, by 0.019s and 0.92s respectively, with 1m 36.569s for Lotus compared to the Red Bull's 1m 36.588s and the Ferrari's 1m 36.661s.

Fernando Alonso was fourth in the second Ferrari F138 on 1m 36.985s, before Mark Webber for Red Bull on 1m 37.026s, Romain Grosjean for Lotus on 1m 37.206s, Nico Rosberg for Mercedes on 1m 37.448s, Paul di Resta for Force India on 1m 37.571s, Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes on 1m 37.574s, Adrian Sutil for Force India on 1m 37.788s and the McLarens of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button on 1m 37.838s and 1m 37.865s respectively.

More than most, Mercedes focused mainly on longer runs on the medium tyres, rather than on outright speed like many of their competitors.

Outside the top dozen, Nico Hulkenberg narrowly edged out Sauber team mate Esteban Gutierrez, with 1m 38.068s to 1m 38.38.645s. Both spun; the Mexican dropped it out on the track, the German in the pit road once the rain had left the road very slick.

Jean Eric-Vergne continued to hold the upper hand over Toro Rosso partner Daniel Ricciardo, with 1m 38.738s and 15th place to 1m 38.904s and 17th, with Pastor Maldonado placing his Williams between them with 1m 38.801s.

Jules Bianchi again performed well for Marussia on his first acquaintance with Sepang; the Frenchman lapped in 1m 39.508s for 18th place ahead of Williams' Valtteri Bottas on 1m 39.660s, the Caterhams of Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde on 1m 40.757s and 1m 40.768s apiece, and team mate Max Chilton on 1m 41.438s.

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