Friday, April 2, 2010

Formula One Malaysia - Sepang, Apr 2 - 4

I wondered if it rained at Sepang during the Formula One practice session this afternoon. It was dry. At last year's Formula One, the races had to be called off one hour after it started and by the time the rain stopped, it was too late to resume.

Lesson learned, this year's Formula One has been scheduled to begin at 4pm instead of the usual 5pm just so that it will still be bright enough to resume should there be a repeat of the heavy downpour of last year.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in Friday's opening practice for the Malaysian F1 GP. Clocking in a time of one minute, 34.921 seconds, he was the quickest around the Sepang circuit, just under two-tenths of a second faster than Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, who set his best time on his last lap.

Their respective teammates, Jenson Button of McLaren and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher, were third and fourth fastest in the qualifying session.

Malaysia's own Lotus Racing's Fairuz Fauzy (picture below) was 22nd while his teammate Jarno Trulli was 19th.

You can read more about the F1 qualifying round on The Star but let's just take a look at the standings at the end of today's session:

Practice results Friday for Sunday's Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix at the 5.543-kilometer (3.444-mile) Sepang circuit with driver, country, car, fastest lap time and laps completed:

First Session

1. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren, 1 minute, 34.921 seconds, 19 laps.

2. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes, 1:35.106, 19.

3. Jenson Button, Britain, McLaren, 1:35.207, 25.

4. Michael Schumacher, Germany, Mercedes, 1:35.225, 14.

5. Robert Kubica, Poland, Renault, 1:35.402, 22.

6. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 1:35.479, 22.

7. Adrian Sutil, Germany, Force India, 1:35.955, 20.

8. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Ferrari, 1:35.959, 20.

9. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull, 1:36.043, 19.

10. Sebastien Buemi, Switzerland, Toro Rosso, 1:36.100, 20.

11. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari, 1:36.451, 22.

12. Kamui Kobayashi, Japan, Sauber, 1:36.503, 28.

13. Jaime Alguersuari, Spain, Toro Rosso, 1:36.645, 18.

14. Vitaly Petrov, Russia, Renault, 1:36.712, 9.

15. Paul di Resta, Britain, Force India, 1:36.891, 25.

16. Pedro de la Rosa, Spain, Sauber, 1:36.899, 24.

17. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Williams, 1:37.802, 27.

18. Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Williams, 1:38.278, 18.

19. Jarno Trulli, Italy, Lotus, 1:39.460, 21.

20. Timo Glock, Germany, Virgin, 1:39.755, 17.

21. Lucas di Grassi, Brazil, Virgin, 1:40.159, 25.

22. Fairuz Fauzy, Malaysia, Lotus, 1:40.721, 19.

23. Bruno Senna, Brazil, Hispania, 1:41.832, 27.

24. Karun Chandhok, India, Hispania, 1:41.966, 24.

So, will you be there on Sunday?

Source: The Star


  1. Haih...we (Lotus) are not doing great it seems. :(

  2. ok, 19th and 22nd, at least we are not the last one to finsih the laps.. :p

  3. cannot afford the ticket to see an F1 race, i think i'd rather spend the money on concerts.. at least it's a two hour show, unlike F1, the cars just passed by you for less than a second.. agree?? :p

  4. Prefer stay at home to watch too hot out there. Watching TV is so comfy & more fun can see so many angles with replays etc. You're going? tQ

  5. I'm not a fan of motor sports. But I do like watching 2 wheels rather than 4 though. It's more exciting. I prefer watching from the TV :o)

    Those men must be really excited about F1, I bet haha!

  6. Anonymous11:05 PM

    Fans will be hitting the racing circuit or glued to the tv rooting for their fav drivers.

  7. Tekkaus, like what SK said, the Lotus drivers are doing pretty good, at least not right at the bottom - or crashed out?

    SK, right on(!) and not bad for a first-timer on the F1 track, eh?

    I think the experience of being there in person is quite an experience - heat and noise included. Wise to bring along earplugs though.

  8. Bananaz, yeah, watching the races on tv is a good alternative, kinda reminds me of watching the National Parade on tv. Oops! I read that F1 in Malaysia is the toughest challenge in terms of weather - the heat and the thunderstorms.

    Ai Shiang, some ladies too are into motor sports. A former lady colleague comes to mind. I too would prefer to watch it on tv. If...

  9. Mei Teng, right. And foreigners too if they happen to be in KL. It's a lot cheaper watching Formula One here than back home besides the venue being too far away to attend.