Malaysia practice: Ferrari on top

The Ferraris are both back at the top of the time sheets after today’s second practice in Sepang for the Malaysian GP, with Kimi Raikkonen going quickest. But his morning wasn’t without drama. Or smoke. Lots of smoke.

It’s believed that Kimi had some problem with his KERS device, but Ferrari are keeping schtum about what actually went wrong. Indeed some believe it was merely a fire extinguisher going off.

Nearly-champion Felipe Massa was only 0.125 shy of Kimi’s time, closely followed by the Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel, who’s really starting to show the RB5’s potential, beating his teammate Mark Webber back into fifth.

It would be good for Vettel to be right up there this weekend, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was.

Nico Rosberg had another storming practice session in his Williams, getting third in the second round and going quickest in the earlier session.

The Brawns are still running strongly, but Barrichello and Button were only good enough for sixth and seventh respectively today, followed by Nakajima, who’d managed to get his Williams up to second in the morning.

Kovalainen was the quicker of the two McLarens, finishing ninth compared to Hamilton’s 11th, split by the Renault of Piquet – Alonso limited his session due to an ear infection, and ended back in 15th.

Toyota’s Trulli sits just behind Hamilton in 12th, and STR’s Buemi continues with his run of good form to 13th – he’s having a great start to his rooky season – ahead of Glock.
Sutil, Kubica, Bourdais, Fisichella and Heidfeld round out the field.

Qualifying is shaping up to be a cracker tomorrow, as long as it’s not overshadowed by any more wrangling.

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Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Ferrari for their clever interpretation of the rules which led to their mirror aero idea, but don’t complain when other teams use clever interpretations of the rules and come up with superior diffusers.

Ferrari, Red Bull, and Renault are just fuming because they didn’t think of the idea as well, end of story. If someone comes up with something more clever than you did, accept it, adapt, and move on. Don’t cry to mommy (the FIA) to try to level things out again.

And I just want to clear something up. I don’t dislike Ferrari just for the sake of disliking Ferrari. I’m just a fan who likes to see DIFFERENT people winning the championship, and Ferrari has won plenty. If the same team wins over and over, it’s boring, and what’s confusing is that the FIA know this (and have implemented rules to give other teams a real chance), yet they make back-room decisions which clearly favor Ferrari. (And if you don’t see this in Hamilton’s Australia penalty, then you really need to open your eyes).

To Ferrari fans: how triumphant can you really feel if Ferrari wins again? Like it hasn’t happened many many times before. Even if you’re a tifosi and you bleed Ferrari red, is it really that exciting when they win for the millionth time? I just don’t get it.

I for one like to see new faces and teams taking on the world of F1 and bringing home the title.

If Brawn wins the WDC and the Manufacturers title, that’s a great story of triumph in the face of extreme odds. If Ferrari wins, it’s just a case of “same ‘ol same ‘ol.” How exciting is that? Right, not very (i.e the Schumacher-Ferrari championships of the early 2000’s).

And so you can see I’m not totally biased against Ferrari, my ideal title winners would be:

1. Jenson Button (So he can finally live up to his potential that everyone predicted at the start of his career. So everyone can see he is the great driver that he is, and if given a competitive car he can achieve the ultimate goal.)
2. Rubens Barrichello (Because his time in F1 is coming to an end, and he’s paid his dues and he deserves it)
3. Lewis Hamilton (For the sake of him being the youngest back to back title winner)
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Because he’s just damn cool and a great driver).

Anyway, quali is coming up soon so…GO BRAWN and GO McLaren!

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Quali is on!

Sorry to go off on a rant, but Trulli is really an annoying character. The term “Trulli Train” was coined for a reason (i.e. if you’re behind Trulli, you can have a car that’s 3 seconds quicker but you’re not getting by him because he uses his “skill” to make his car as wide as the track itself somehow.)

Lewis has no points because of Trulli’s screw-up, plain and simple. If Trulli could have managed the incredibly difficult (sarcasm) task of driving behind the safety car at around 60 mph without going off and causing confusion, Lewis and McLaren would have walked away from Australia with at least 5 points. 5 points more than Ferrari, and considering the last two seasons came down to one point, those 5 points are a major loss.

Penalizing Lewis and McLaren for a little white lie, which may not even have been a lie at all considering all the confusion, is elementary school stuff.

Penalize Trulli for incompetence behind the safety car. He’s got an F1 Super-license for goodness sake, and he can’t get queing behind the safety car right? Fine him for blatent incompetence, causing confusion, and ruining a race for a driver who has a real chance at the championship.

Arrrrgghhh Trulli is annoying! Send him back to italian Formula Ford and give that japanese test driver fellow a chance in a race seat.

Go Brawn, go McLaren, and down with Trulli and his Trulli Train!

Rant complete.

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Whooops! Sorry Ferrari fans! Massa is out in Q1!

Break out the pasta and chocolate to console yourselves!

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What the hell is happening with Hamilton :o?

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BRAWN’s, MCLAREN’s, RED BULL’s HAIL TO THE KING HE IS BACK!!!!

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Give Hamilton time Keith he is still new in the game

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Hamilton didn’t make it to Q3. Button first again!! Trulli was a very close second.

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So Kimi up to 7th due to grid shift. Sort of funny when you think that this blog was about Ferrai looking dominant again. As I thought. Brawn, Williams and Red Bull dominating again. I did not think a Toyota would be in second though. I thought probably around 6th. I also thought Kubica would be about 4th.

So we have:

Brawn
Toyota
Toyota
Williams
Red Bull
BMW
Ferrari
Brawn
Renault
BMW
Williams
McLaren
Red Bull
McLaren
STR
Ferrari
Renault
Force India
Force India
STR

2 interesting fights off the line. Lewis vs Vettel. Kimi vs Rubens with a bit of Kubica and the KERS of Alonso

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Ferrari on top? Not anymore =P

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