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Malaysia 2012 - Free Practice 1 results // McLaren take the first honours as practice in Sepang begins

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Lewis Hamilton led the way for the first practice session in Sepang, finishing half a second ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The pair of them battled for the top spot through the session, but it was the Brit who claimed the top spot. Narain Karthikeyan, in the HRT, had a difficult start to the weekend with gearbox issues that brought him to a halt out on track. He still managed to finish the session ahead of his teammate, however. Back towards the top, the Mercedes duo finished just a thousandth of a second apart from each other, finishing third and fourth. Romain Grosjean also continued his strong start to the year, with fifth place. Valterri Bottas was in for Bruno Senna in the Williams, and he finished the day 11th.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:38.02119
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:38.53521
3Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:38.81321
4Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:38.82619
5Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 Team1:38.91917
6Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:39.09220
7Kimi RäikkönenLotus F1 Team1:39.12822
8Paul di RestaSahara Force India F1 Team1:39.29823
9Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:39.32315
10Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:39.44019
11Valtteri BottasWilliams F1 Team1:39.72423
12Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team1:39.78323
13Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:39.89316
14Kamui KobayashiSauber F1 Team1:39.91021
15Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:39.98023
16Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:40.09923
17Heikki KovalainenCaterham F1 Team1:40.24719
18Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:40.46923
19Vitaly PetrovCaterham F1 Team1:40.85725
20Sergio PérezSauber F1 Team1:41.08523
21Timo GlockMarussia F1 Team1:43.17018
22Charles PicMarussia F1 Team1:44.58014
23Narain KarthikeyanHRT Formula 1 Team1:45.3608
24Pedro de la RosaHRT Formula 1 Team1:45.52818

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