Rosberg quickest in final practice at Malaysia

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Malaysia, Sepang International Circuitmy

Nico Rosberg once again set the benchmark in the final session ahead of qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix. Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton was second fastest with the Ferrari drivers once again third and fourth.

In blistering hot conditions - one engineer recorded a track temperature of 62°C - the Ferrari's of Raikkonen and Vettel were a little bit further behind the Mercedes duo, with the Finn 6 tenths slower than Raikkonen, a few tenths more than on Friday.

Behind them however, the competition stiffened up with the top 8 all within 1 second on their fastest laps.

Further back, McLaren's Fernando Alonso managed to set the 15th fastest time, another small improvement over Friday, but still more than 2 seconds adrift of the field leading Mercedes AMG F1 W06.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamBest TimeGapLaps
16Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:39.690-13
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:39.8740.18410
37Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:40.2450.5559
45Sebastian VettelFerrari1:40.2660.57613
519Felipe MassaWilliams1:40.3910.70114
677Valtteri BottasWilliams1:40.4060.71615
73Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:40.5900.90019
855Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:40.6010.91119
933Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:40.9891.29918
109Marcus EricssonSauber1:41.2001.51019
118Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:41.2061.51616
1213Pastor MaldonadoLotus F11:41.5921.90218
1326Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:41.7762.08614
1427Nico HulkenbergForce India1:41.8042.11415
1514Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:41.9912.30113
1611Sergio PerezForce India1:42.1002.41014
1712Felipe NasrSauber1:42.1172.42718
1822Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:42.3192.62913
1998Roberto MerhiMarussia1:46.6476.9579
2028Will StevensMarussia1:47.0597.3696