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McLaren driver tops Malaysian Grand Prix practice

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver was fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions.

See hi-res Sepang practice pictures

However, both Hamilton and team-mate Jenson Button complained about the car's balance on the softer, option tyre, suggesting McLaren may not be race favourites.

Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel set the second quickest time, but his team-mate Mark Webber wasr forced to park his car in the gravel after less than half an hour. The team suspects an engine failure.

Mercedes finished the session with its cars third and fifth, sandwiching Button's McLaren. Nico Rosberg was quicker than Michael Schumacher.

1. Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:34.1752. Vettel (Red Bull-Renault) +0.2663. Rosberg (Mercedes) +0.2684. Button (McLaren-Mercedes) +0.3635. Schumacher (Mercedes) +0.499 6. Kubica (Renault) +0.9737. Alonso (Ferrari) +1.4068. Buemi (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) +1.4859. Petrov (Renault) +1.69710. Sutil (Force India-Mercedes) +1.78211. Kobayashi (Sauber-Ferrari) +1.84312. Liuzzi (Force India-Mercedes) +2.04613. de la Rosa (Sauber-Ferrari) +2.15014. Alguersuari (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) + 2.15015. Massa (Ferrari) +2.42716. Barrichello (Williams-Cosworth) +2.63817. Hulkenberg (Williams-Cosworth) +3.24018. Trulli (Lotus-Cosworth) +4.27919. Kovalainen (Lotus-Cosworth) +4.355 20. Webber (Red Bull-Renault) +4.55821. Glock (Virgin-Cosworth) +4.88622. di Grassi (Virgin-Cosworth) +4.98323. Chandhok (HRT-Cosworth) +6.90924. Senna (HRT-Cosworth) +7.306

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Peter Cavellini 3 April 2010

Re: Hamilton fastest in F1 practice

And look where he is now,19th!,yes other lumineries have funked aswell i know, but it all the more delicious when it's the chosen one, i do feel sorry for todays stars because the media circus does over egg their abilities and the drivers do have to try too live up to it, but don't you think he's a bit too Nigel for his own good?

Phil McCavitie 2 April 2010

Re: Hamilton fastest in F1 practice

HRT are going through a sticky period.

kcrally 2 April 2010

Re: Hamilton fastest in F1 practice

the hapless virgin racing nearly bottom. i bet you 50p they fail to finish a single race this season. what is the hrt team. yawn.