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Mark Webber tops FP1 at Malaysia

Mar 21, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

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The first Friday practice of the Malaysian Grand Prix was paced by Infiniti Red Bull’s Mark Webber, who turned in the quickest lap of the session at 1 minute, 36.935 seconds.

He and Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel were split at the top of the time sheets by last week’s winner at Australia, Kimi Raikkonen, who posted the second-quickest lap at 1 minute, 37.003 seconds in his Lotus despite being the last driver to run a timed lap due to issues with his car’s KERS system. Vettel was P3 in the practice with a time of 1 minute, 37.104 seconds.

Defending Malaysian GP champion Fernando Alonso was fourth-fastest for Ferrari (1:37.319) and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg rounded out the top five (1:37.588).

Adrian Sutil managed to be sixth-quickest for Force India despite damaging his front wing after running over some curbs on the circuit. Positions 7-10 were filled by Felipe Massa (Ferrari), Paul di Resta (Force India), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus).

As for McLaren, which struggled mightily with the MP4-28 in Melbourne, Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were only able to ascend to 11th and 13th-fastest in the session, respectively.

Formula One – Malaysian Grand Prix

Friday Practice One times

1. Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:36.935

2. Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, 1:37.003

3. Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, 1:37.104

4. Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, 1:37.319

5. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:37.588

6. Adrian Sutil, Force India, 1:37.769

7. Felipe Massa, Ferrari, 1:37.771

8. Paul Di Resta, Force India, 1:37.773

9. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:37.840

10. Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1:37.915

11. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:38.173

12. Pastor Maldonado, Williams, 1:38.673

13. Sergio Perez, McLaren, 1:38.830

14. Nico Hulkenberg, Sauber, 1:39.054

15. Esteban Gutierrez, Sauber, 1:39.204

16. Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1:39.208

17. Jean-Eric Vergne, Toro Rosso, 1:39.284

18. Daniel Ricciardo, Toro Rosso, 1:39.567

19. Giedo Van Der Garde, Caterham, 1:40.728

20. Jules Bianchi, Marussia, 1:40.996

21. Charles Pic, Caterham, 1:41.163

22. Max Chilton, Marussia, 1:41.513

  1. manofadvntr - Mar 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    Dear Sirs,
    I was looking for the broadcast of FP1! I could not find FP1 broadcast on any NBC Network Property!
    I was satisfied and enjoyed the Australian FP1, FP2, Quali and Race. Thank you.
    NBC gave me all expectations that future F1 Race weekends would have a similar level of coverage and broadcast.
    I am very disappointed that FP1 was not broadcast. The singular reason I registered on the NBC Sports Site is because NBC is the U.S.A. Home of F1.
    I do not need to watch NBC or view this site for F1 viewing, news and information.
    You have one more chance during the upcoming F1 China weekend to keep Me as an NBC Network viewer and an NBC Sports site user.
    Please step it up!
    Thank You,

    • chaparral2f - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:24 PM

      Oh, you poor, abused boy. Imagine that. No FP1. And, you are basically threatening NBCSports by telling them they have one more chance to get it right or you will be lost as a network viewer and site user? Dude, do you honestly think they give a rip about a comment such as this? NBCSports is doing a great job of covering the races. If you honestly think that your comment is going to change things on a network as large as this, then you are delusional.

  2. chaparral2f - Mar 22, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Regardless of where Webber starts, this much we know: he will muff the start and lose 4 to 6 positions and be stuck mid field.

  3. dustonf1 - Mar 22, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I share the first posts frustration with the lack of coverage for race 2. I feel they should offer similar coverage that speed had offered. The coverage of P1 & P3 especially are important to the true die hard race fan. The amount of track time in a F1 year is limited compared to the wants and needs of these addicts.
    If the passionate ultimatum of the first post did not sway the third, I hope my rational request of NBC can bring these two fans together, along with many others. I think we can all help improve the way we get our dose of technology mixed with raw power. Producing a cocktail we suck down and beg for more.
    In summation, only complaint. WE WANT MORE! Please.

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