Red Bull seem to be able to look after their tyres better than their rivals in Malaysia.
However it was clear from the radio chatter during the session that Mark Webber was unhappy with rear tyre degradation. He wasn’t able to preserve his tyres as long as Vettel in Melbourne and may have the same problem here.
It remains to be seen whether both RB7s were using KERS all the time. The energy recovery device can cause increased rear tyre wear.
The team will decide tonight whether to run it in the rest of the weekend.
Longest stint comparison
- The Red Bull appears to have the best performance over a stint. Compare Sebastian Vettel’s run with Jenson Button’s below to see.
- Lewis Hamilton said the tyres aren’t lasting as long as they did in Melbourne and he expects a three-stop race.
|Paul di Resta||103.828||104.058||104.906||106.128||109.326||107.994||111.335||112.676|
Ultimate lap times
- Ferrari are a little closer to the pace than they appear to be – Fernando Alonso was delayed by Jarno Trulli during his quickest lap.
- Trulli also felt his fastest lap was spoiled by traffic and believes he can improve.
|Car||Driver||Car||Ultimate lap||Gap||Deficit to best|
|1||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’36.876||0.000|
|4||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’37.090||0.214||0.000|
|10||19||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’38.846||1.970||0.000|
|15||15||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’39.509||2.633||0.116|
|17||14||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1’39.754||2.878||0.055|
|18||18||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’39.853||2.977||0.262|
Complete practice times
- Encouragingly for Renault, despite missing much of the session while their cars were repaired, Nick Heidfeld managed the ninth fastest time and did it on the fourth lap of his stint.
- HRT showed they have the potential to beat the 107% time in qualifying. Narain Karthikeyan was half-a-second quicker than the 107% time based on the quickest time in second practice.
- Unusually, the two Mercedes had among the lowest top speeds at the speed trap. Nick Heidfeld was quickest at 307.9kph – the fastest Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was over 11kph slower and Michael Schumacher was another 5kph behind.
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