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F1 Digest 2009 - Malaysia Free Practice - Kimi Räikkönen suffers the first KERS malfunction on Friday in Sepang

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The action gets underway at Sepang with our first proper look at a KERS malfunction, plus some proper F1 testing during a Free Practice session. All that and more as we review Friday in Malaysia.

Free Practice 1

Plenty of on-track action, or should we say off-track action, as teams and drivers struggle to get the tyres to perform under the intense heat. Räikkönen was the talk of the morning, though, with a spectacular KERS failure that saw him leaping to safety from the car.

Free Practice 2

Fisichella hit the wall with a bit of a bump, but aside from that it was a pretty tame session. The rain was threatening to arrive, and the drivers continued to throw their cars wide, but there were no stark surprises to observe.

Team by Team

McLaren are keeping themselves to themselves, whilst Ferrari are quietly optimistic about the rest of the weekend. BMW can't quite make their minds up, while Renault - particularly Alonso - need to get a bit of rest. Both Vettel and Kovalainen are looking for ways to keep cool in the car.