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Mark Webber leads both Friday Free Practice sessions in Malaysia // Red Bull are on top for both practices, whilst HRT show improved pace

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Mark Webber leads both Friday Free Practice sessions in Malaysia
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Hello and welcome to F1Minute, it’s the 8th April 2011.

The Malaysian Grand Prix weekend got underway today with two practice sessions completed - and Mark Webber at the head of both of them. FP1 saw lots of drivers struggling with the Pirelli tyres in the humid conditions, and saw a surprise when both Renault cars suffered reliability troubles. After investigation, Renault have said it was a material batch failure that meant both Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld had issues with their front wheels. Webber led the way, with Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher behind him.

For the second session, Webber was once again ahead, with Jenson Button and Hamilton close behind. If we include Sebastian Vettel, though, the top four were only separated by about two tenths of a second. The only major incident of FP2 was with Williams driver Pastor Maldonado, who ran wide of the track, and spun off into the barriers.

Notably, both HRT cars got out of the garage, and completed about 60 laps between them throughout the day, and, although it is only practice, finished inside the 107 per cent time.