Rosberg pips Hamilton in final Sepang practice

Nico Rosberg set the pace in the final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, leading a Mercedes one-two ahead of qualifying.

Rosberg pips Hamilton in final Sepang practice
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-30 runs wide
Will Stevens, Manor Marussia F1 Team
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB11
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF15-T leads Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull Racing RB11
Jenson Button, McLaren MP4-30
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 VJM08
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW37
Felipe Massa, Williams FW37
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W06
Felipe Nasr, Sauber C34

The German's best of 1:39:690, the quickest of the weekend so far and set with the medium tyres, put him 0.183 seconds ahead of Friday pace-setter Lewis Hamilton.

Mercedes' drivers were not too far ahead this time, however, as Ferrari once again showed promising pace in the scorching heat of the Malaysian track.

Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest, 0.555 seconds behind Rosberg, with teammate Sebastian Vettel right behind in fourth.

Raikkonen had a puncture early in the session and spent a lot of time in the pits, not setting a competitive time until the end of the running while his team worked on the suspension of his car.

Despite that, the Ferraris seemed to have the edge over its main rival Williams, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas in fifth and sixth some two tenths behind the Finn.

Daniel Ricciardo finished seventh for Red Bull, albeit nearly a second off the pace, with Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz in eighth ahead of teammate Max Verstappen and the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson, who completed the top ten.

McLaren did not have an easy start to Saturday, with the team spending some time working on the cars of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.

The team had to replace the ICE, the turbo and the MGU-H unit of Button's power unit after yesterday's practice.

Alonso finished down in 15th position, with Button down in 18th nearly half a second behind the Spaniard.

The Manor team completed more running as it attempts to secure a place on the grid for tomorrow's race.

Will Stevens managed just six laps on his way to the slowest time of the day, over seven seconds off the pace.

Teammate Roberto Merhi finished 19th after another spin at Turn 9 from which he was lucky to recover.

Pos   Driver   Car / Engine   Time   Gap   Laps 
Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1'39.690   13
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1'39.873 0.183 10
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1'40.245 0.555 9
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1'40.266 0.576 13
Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1'40.391 0.701 14
Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1'40.406 0.716 15
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1'40.590 0.900 19
Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1'40.601 0.911 19
Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1'40.989 1.299 18
10  Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1'41.200 1.510 19
11  Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1'41.206 1.516 16
12  Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1'41.592 1.902 18
13  Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1'41.775 2.085 14
14  Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1'41.804 2.114 15
15  Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1'41.991 2.301 13
16  Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1'42.099 2.409 14
17  Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1'42.117 2.427 18
18  Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1'42.319 2.629 13
19  Roberto Merhi Manor/Ferrari 1'46.647 6.957 9
20  Will Stevens Manor/Ferrari 1'47.059 7.369 6
shares
comments
Ecclestone blasts Manor for 'disgusting' Melbourne appearance
Previous article

Ecclestone blasts Manor for 'disgusting' Melbourne appearance

Next article

Alonso upbeat despite Q1 exit for McLaren

Alonso upbeat despite Q1 exit for McLaren
Load comments
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver the goods for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage Prime

How Hamilton dominated in Qatar despite missing a key Mercedes advantage

There was simply no stopping Lewis Hamilton on Formula 1's first visit to Qatar. The Mercedes driver eased to pole position and led every lap to secure an utterly dominant victory - even without a key Mercedes weapon in his arsenal to increase the heat on Red Bull heading into the final two races of the gripping 2021 title race

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021
Qatar's long-term plans for a "World Cup every single year" Prime

Qatar's long-term plans for a "World Cup every single year"

Qatar is preparing to host the football World Cup next year, but will be thrown into the sporting spotlight this weekend as Formula 1 prepares to race in the country. Ahead of a 10-year deal to hold a grand prix from 2023 onwards, it's a much-needed opportunity to highlight reforms in the country

Formula 1
Nov 20, 2021