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GP Malaysia 2015 (Training 1): Rosberg best time and Hamilton problem

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GP Malaysia 2015 (Training 1)
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W ie at the GP in Australia Nico Rosberg the best time secured at the beginning. The Mercedes driver lapped the 5.543-kilometer circuit in Malaysia in 1: 40.124 minutes. However, Rosberg had little resistance in the fight for the top. Because for main competitor Lewis Hamilton the start of the race weekend went in the pants.

Hamilton is stopped by Mercedes

The world champion and opening winner from Australia parked his racing car on lap four at turn nine . A precautionary measure in order not to endanger the racing engine, as could be seen from the radio communication between the team and the driver.

Hamilton reported that he had heard a loss of power and he stopped on the instructions of the team, although it was still up could have gone to the pits. In any case, according to Hamilton, the gears could still be changed. After training, the cause became known. The engine intake system went on strike. The part now has to be changed between the sessions. To do this, Mercedes has to remove the entire V6 turbo, change the affected part and reinstall the unit that was not damaged. A race against time.

The Ferrari duo pushed behind Rosberg in the first free practice for the GP Malaysia 2015. In the order Raikkonen before Vettel. The Finn was in good shape. The route in Sepang is up to the Iceman. We know that from the past. The 2007 world champion was only 0.373 seconds short of Rosberg. He distanced Vettel by almost half a second (+ 0.861 seconds).

Grosjean and Sainz mix in front with

The weather in Sepang was once again particularly hot. At the beginning of the first session, the air temperature was 29 degrees and the track temperature was 40 degrees. In the further course, the asphalt strip heated up even further and almost reached the 50-degree mark. The heat is a great stress test for the cars and the tires. Here, a good cooling package and tire management are most important.

Romain Grosjean (Lotus) and Carlos Sainz delivered an appealing performance. They ended up in fourth and fifth place. The Spaniard was ahead of Red Bull's big brother in the Toro Rosso. Daniel Ricciardo placed sixth in the RB11. Followed by Max Verstappen, Valtteri Bottas, Daniil Kyat, Marcus Ericsson and FelipeMassa.

Williams' big gap of 1.758 and 1.979 seconds can be explained by a full tank. The traditional racing team from England usually carries plenty of fuel with them on Friday and does without fast runs.

Alonso's comeback goes smoothly

Fernando Alonso's comeback went smoothly. However, like his team-mate Jenson Button, the Spaniard had nothing to do with the allocation of the top places. The two McLaren Honda drivers lined up in ranks 14 and 17. With a gap of more than 2.7 seconds to the top.

Manor did his first laps in the first free practice session. Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens packed eight laps each in the 2014 Marussia, which was adapted for the current regulations. In the time table, they landed in 18th and 19th place.

Striking at the beginning: The drivers had to struggle with their cars, especially in turns nine and 14. Because of their characteristics, both points on the route are particularly difficult to brake and hit.

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