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Mark Webber and Kimi Räikkönen lead practice in Sepang // Webber leads a dry morning session, whilst Kimi leaps to the top

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Mark Webber and Kimi Räikkönen lead practice in Sepang
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As ever, with FP1, it was a dull start to proceedings as all the drivers waited for each other to make the first move. Eventually, cars started to appear on track, and when they got down to it, it was Mercedes who set some early benchmark times. That was until Red Bull got involved, and Mark Webber put his car on top.

Two incidents of note - Kimi Räikkönen sat out much of the session as the team worked on his car, and when he did appear on track he slipped easily into second. Also, Esteban Gutiérrez went flying off track, narrowly missing the back of Felipe Massa's Ferrari.

Drivers were eager to get to work for FP2, as rain clouds moved in over the circuit. Kimi Räikkönen set the fastest time, troubled briefly by the Ferrari and Red Bull pairings. He kept his cool, and the lead, before the rain came in, making his time unbeatable.

Sergio Pérez and Romain Grosjean both found the slippery track tricky and found alternative routes around the circuit, but both continued on unscathed. In troubling news, Nico Hülkenberg stopped out on track - meaning both Sauber drivers struggled with car issues during the day.