Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams monopolize the top 6. The rain is expected in qualifying. Two options: either an epic hour or a never-ending mess. It will be the surprise. Let’s review the FP3 in Sepang right now…
Weather report: sunny, T. air: 33-34°C ; T. track: 59-61°C ; humidity rate: 41-44% and wind speed: 3,3 m.s (south)
Nico Rosberg has led in 1’39’’690 before the thunderstorm in qualifying tries. To Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton (2nd ; +0’’184s) is the best F1 world champion ever. Is the big boss really looking for saving this sport or does he definitively want to destroy it? It’s hard to say. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/motorsport/formulaone/11500250/Malaysian-Grand-Prix-2015-Bernie-Ecclestone-desperate-to-force-through-Formula-One-change.html Kimi Räikkönen, third (+0’’555s), lost a lot of time in this session (at 2:03pm, a problem postponed his installation lap and Ferrari asked him to go back pits because they suspected a puncture on the left-rear tyre at 2:15pm). Sebastian Vettel has been just behind his good friend Icedaddy (+0’’576s). Felipe Massa has been classified fifth (+0’’701s). His parents have been in the Williams garage (http://sutton-images.com/previews/dcd1528ma21.jpg). Valtteri Bottas, sixth, has been +0’’716s slower than the leader. The gaps are much closer than in Melbourne but Mercedes is more competitive than showed so far. The fight between Ferrari and Williams for the second line should be interesting. Daniel Ricciardo has occupied the seventh row (+0’’900s). Carlos Sainz Jr, eighth (+0’’911s) has outstripped his team-mate (+1’’299s) who wasn’t very happy with his disturbed car. Marcus Ericsson has been invited himself in the top 10. Sauber expects the same at the end of the Q2. Romain Grosjean has been eleventh. Pastor Maldonado has appeared in twelfth position. Daniil Kvyat has been a shy thirteenth. Fernando Alonso, fifteenth, has been inserted between both SFI (advantage for Nico Hülkenberg). Felipe Nasr has been seventeenth. Jenson Button, eighteenth, would have a new ICE engine according to the Spanish press. His wife Jessica, Kevin Magnussen and his father Jan have been in the paddock from Sepang: http://www.jamesmoy.com/getpreview.aspx?id=gP5mASoLlU0F7BdEulr9CP2BwzOMJ3BFUWIg4sg02VwxehuBGXiU8A%3D%3D ; http://www.jamesmoy.com/getpreview.aspx?id=gP5mASoLlU0F7BdEulr9CP2BwzOMJ3BFN5aDVSAf%2BSZYSlBZx4qsww%3D%3D Roberto Merhi has been nineteenth. Will Stevens, who signed the first benchmark of the FP3 at 2:04pm (1’49’’397), has been the good last one.
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