Malaysian GP | Hamilton edges Rosberg in FP2

Hamilton switches mediums for softs and second for first in FP2 at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Long runs and lengthy delays for Renault as race pace come into question at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Before the times slowed, though, Hamilton edged Rosberg for the top spot. With Ferrari still far behind in third.

In the morning session, as Rosberg edged Hamilton for P1, Renault’s day took a turn for the worse before things could really get going. As Kevin Magnussen suffered a fuel leak that caused a fire to burn in the pit lane.

The Enstone team were able to fix the car to run again in second practice. But Magnussen was only able to get back on track halfway through the 90-minute session.

In that time, Hamilton had already taken the top spot away from his team-mate – who himself improved on his morning best. Hamilton breaking into the 1:34s, however, was enough for the Briton to get his nose ahead.

Once again Ferrari ended the 90-minute practice session as Mercedes’ nearestĀ challengers. Although the Italian outfit remained a distant threat six-tenths of a second off Hamilton’s pace.

Things were not going swimmingly for Hamilton, though. As prior to posting his best lap of the day, Hamilton found himself hampered by his steering not being straight. At the time, he was however only eight-hundredths of a second off Rosberg despite running on the hard tyres.

Hamilton was not alone in developing issues during FP2. With Carlos Sainz informed “it looks like brake by wire doesn’t work,” while the Spaniard approached the hour mark.

Meanwhile, Rosberg was told “that left-rear temperature is on the limit”. Which could come as a worrying sign for Mercedes given they lost last year’s Malaysian Grand Prix to Vettel as a result of tyre temperatures ruining their chances of a two-stop race. While in Singapore last time out, Hamilton and Rosberg were both hampered by high brake temperatures.

Pos Driver Chassis Laps Time Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 35 1’34.944
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 36 1’35.177 0.233
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 37 1’35.605 0.661
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 31 1’35.842 0.898
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull 29 1’36.037 1.093
6 Sergio Perez Force India 33 1’36.284 1.34
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 27 1’36.296 1.352
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 30 1’36.337 1.393
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 37 1’36.390 1.446
10 Jenson Button McLaren 22 1’36.715 1.771
11 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 30 1’36.836 1.892
12 Jolyon Palmer Renault 36 1’36.940 1.996
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams 37 1’37.016 2.072
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 28 1’37.048 2.104
15 Felipe Massa Williams 19 1’37.110 2.166
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 29 1’37.297 2.353
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 28 1’37.449 2.505
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber 26 1’37.547 2.603
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 19 1’37.664 2.72
20 Romain Grosjean Haas 25 1’37.789 2.845
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 34 1’37.878 2.934
22 Esteban Ocon Manor 36 1’37.990 3.046