Raikkonen Quick In Rainy Malaysia
SEPANG, Malaysia — Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time during the second free practice session for the Formula One Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix before rain half an hour from the end prevented anyone from challenging his position.
Raikkonen edged Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa, by .019 seconds and .92 seconds, respectively, with 1:36.569 for Lotus compared to the Red Bull’s 1:36.588 and Ferrari’s 1:36.661s.
Fernando Alonso was fourth in the second Ferrari at 1:36.985s, before Mark Webber for Red Bull on 1:37.026, Romain Grosjean for Lotus on 1:36.206, Nico Rosberg for Mercedes on 1:37.448, Paul di Resta for Force India on 1:37.571, Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes on 1:37.574, Adrian Sutil for Force India on 1:37.788 and the McLarens of Sergio Perez and Jenson Button on 1:37.838 and 1:37.865 respectively.
More than most, Mercedes focused mainly on longer runs on the medium tires, rather than on outright speed like many of their competitors.