Mercedes pulls away from rivals in final practice

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Malaysia, Sepang International Circuitmy

In sharp contrast with yesterday's FP2, Mercedes was a class apart. As Nico Rosberg edged his team mate, the two were a second fastest than their closest competition, headed by Kimi Raikkonen.

Apart from the Mercedes factory cars, competition was fairly close. Vettel, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Alonso, Massa, Bottas, Pérez and Kvyat were all within a second of Raikkonen's time.

Lotus also had a much better day as both its cars ran throughout the session without any issues. Worse off was McLaren who suddenly found themselves encountered by a lot of issues. Both drivers managed to come out on track, but neither set a representative laptime, resulting in their positions at the bottom of the timesheets.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:39.008-13
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:39.2400.23213
37Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:40.1561.14813
41Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:40.3871.37914
527Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:40.5231.51515
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:40.6861.67814
714Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:40.7361.72814
819Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:40.7811.77320
977Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes1:40.8911.88320
1011Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:41.0292.02115
1126Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:41.1822.17418
1225Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:41.4412.43318
1399Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:41.5522.54415
1421Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:42.0413.03317
158Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:42.7493.74116
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:43.5394.53120
174Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:43.9774.96916
1817Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:44.1705.16218
199Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:44.4575.44912
2010Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:46.0157.0077
2122Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes2:05.55526.5474
2220Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-MercedesNo time-5


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