2011 Malaysian GP – Friday Practice 2 Results


Mark Webber retained his strong Practice 1 form to remain unbeaten in the afternoon session as well, though this time he was almost beaten by Jenson Button’s vastly improved McLaren. Just 5 thousands of a second separated the two drivers, and Lewis Hamilton underlined the British squad’s genuine pace with the third fastest lap. Sebastian Vettel finished fourth fastest to make it two Red Bulls and two McLarens in the top 4. Ferrari drivers Massa and Alonso finished in exactly the same positions as in FP1, and had a disappointing afternoon with traffic and high tyre degradation problems.

Mercedes continued to impress, with 5th and 7th fastest laps, Schumacher once again ahead of Rosberg. Behind them came Renault’s Nick Heidfeld whose team started out cautiously after their brake failures in the morning. They were followed by the usual group comprising of Williams, Force India, Sauber in a Toro Rosso sandwich. Except for Pastor Maldonado slapping the pit lane entry barrier, the session was largely uneventful as the teams concentrated on race settings and fuel loads. Interestingly, the cars have been almost three seconds slower than in 2010 all through the day.

The HRT drivers made a solid improvement over their morning pace and may well qualify for the race this time around. Jerome d’Ambrosio was unable to set a time, with his Virgin’s left front still being rebuilt after the dramatic failure in FP1. On a dry track, McLaren and Red Bull seem to be evenly matched, Mercedes and Ferrari atleast a second off the pace. But with rain expected to arrive during qualifying and the race, the Malaysian GP still remains a lottery.

Here are the results of Friday free practice 2 :

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