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Mar 28, 2014

Raikkonen happy after positive day’s practice

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was in a surprisingly positive mood after modifications to his car helped him keep pace with favorites Mercedes during Friday’s practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Finn was second in both 90-minute sessions at the steamy Sepang circuit behind Lewis Hamilton and then Nico Rosberg to give him hope of being more competitive in Sunday’s race after a disappointing start in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

Mar 28, 2014

Motor racing-Raikkonen happy after positive day’s practice

SEPANG, Malaysia, March 28 (Reuters) – Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was in a surprisingly positive mood after modifications to his car helped him keep pace with favourites Mercedes during Friday’s practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Finn was second in both 90-minute sessions at the steamy Sepang circuit behind Lewis Hamilton and then Nico Rosberg to give him hope of being more competitive in Sunday’s race after a disappointing start in Melbourne a fortnight ago.

Mar 28, 2014

Tire trouble hinders Mercedes advantage

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Heavy Tire degradation caused by the searing Sepang temperatures has limited Mercedes’ advantage over their Formula One rivals at the Malaysian Grand Prix, according to championship leader Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg was still quickest in practice but only 0.2 seconds separated the top six at the Sepang circuit on Friday where track temperatures peaked at over 50 Celsius causing havoc to the tires and leading to a number of uncharacteristic spins.

Mar 28, 2014

McLaren nose to the ground to find more pace

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – A new promising nose box failed to lift the concerns of McLaren’s Jenson Button that his team could struggle to match the pace of the Mercedes at the notoriously quick Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Briton was fourth fastest in Friday’s opening session but was down in eighth in the second 90-minute run, with team mate Kevin Magnussen fifth and then 12th as first Lewis Hamilton and then Nico Rosberg set the pace for Mercedes.

Mar 28, 2014

Motor racing-Tyre trouble hinders Mercedes advantage

SEPANG, Malaysia, March 28 (Reuters) – Heavy tyre degradation caused by the searing Sepang temperatures has limited Mercedes’ advantage over their Formula One rivals at the Malaysian Grand Prix, according to championship leader Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg was still quickest in practice but only 0.2 seconds separated the top six at the Sepang circuit on Friday where track temperatures peaked at over 50 Celsius causing havoc to the tyres and leading to a number of uncharacteristic spins.

Mar 28, 2014

Motor racing-McLaren nose to the ground to find more pace

SEPANG, Malaysia, March 28 (Reuters) – A new promising nose box failed to lift the concerns of McLaren’s Jenson Button that his team could struggle to match the pace of the Mercedes at the notoriously quick Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Briton was fourth fastest in Friday’s opening session but was down in eighth in the second 90-minute run, with team mate Kevin Magnussen fifth and then 12th as first Lewis Hamilton and then Nico Rosberg set the pace for Mercedes.

Mar 28, 2014

Hamilton quickest in first Malaysian practice

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – Mercedes’ early season strength was again evident with Briton Lewis Hamilton going fastest in Friday’s first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix in a session where many cars struggled for grip.

The 2008 world champion clocked a best time of one minute 40.691 seconds at the Sepang Circuit on a scorching hot Friday where track temperatures reached 44 Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) during the 90 minute session.

Mar 28, 2014

Motor racing-Hamilton quickest in first Malaysian practice

SEPANG, Malaysia, March 28 (Reuters) – Mercedes’ early season strength was again evident with Briton Lewis Hamilton going fastest in Friday’s first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix in a session where many cars struggled for grip.

The 2008 world champion clocked a best time of one minute 40.691 seconds at the Sepang Circuit on a scorching hot Friday where track temperatures reached 44 Celsius (111 Fahrenheit) during the 90 minute session.

Mar 27, 2014

McLaren confident of more podium places in Malaysia

SEPANG, Malaysia (Reuters) – McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen believe a lack of pace will not stop them vying for more podium spots on Malaysia’s notoriously fast track after promising shows at the season-opener in Australia.

The two drivers were promoted to second and third in Melbourne two weeks ago after the disqualification of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, putting the team on top of the constructors standings.

Mar 27, 2014

Motor racing-McLaren confident of more podium places in Malaysia

SEPANG, Malaysia, March 27 (Reuters) – McLaren duo Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen believe a lack of pace will not stop them vying for more podium spots on Malaysia’s notoriously fast track after promising shows at the season-opener in Australia.

The two drivers were promoted to second and third in Melbourne two weeks ago after the disqualification of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, putting the team on top of the constructors standings.