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.