F1 2013

Malaysia FP1 – Webber sets the pace

Red Bull’s Mark Webber outclassed Melbourne victor Kimi Raikkonen and his World Champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel during the first practice session for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Australian was the only driver to dip into the 1m 36’s as the field struggled to get to grips with Pirelli tyres that experienced extremely high levels of degradation.

Fernando Alonso got the best of Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, who was in a Force India sandwich in 6th place with just 0.006 covering the Brazilian, Adrian Sutil and Paul Di Resta. Nico Rosberg once again beat Mercedes stablemate Lewis Hamilton, while Romain Grosjean ended the session almost a second slower than Raikkonen.

McLaren continued to mark time in the midfield, with Jenson Button in 11th, 0.8 seconds clear of Sergio Perez in 13th. Pastor Maldonado was 12th as Williams too went back to basics in a bid to understand their own lack of pace in Melbourne.

On high-fuel runs, Lotus again led the way with Kimi Raikkonen lapping some 5-8 seconds faster than his main rivals just 4 laps into his stint.

FP2 will follow at 06:00 GMT.

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME
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 Diego 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
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