Hamilton & Kovalainen Perform ‘Just ok’ in Practice

Through the 3 practive sessions, for the Malaysian Grand Prix, the performance of the 2 McLaren drivers is shown in red below

Saturday Free Practice

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:35.940 19
2 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:36.048 0.108 13
3 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:36.089 0.149 13
4 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.132 0.192 R
5 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:36.189 0.249 22
6 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:36.194 0.254 14
7 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.322 0.382 14
8 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:36.325 0.385 18
9 23 Rubens Barichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:36.519 0.579 19
10 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:36.541 0.601 17
11 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:36.563 0.623 18
12 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.657 0.717 15
13 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.742 0.802 13
14 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:37.004 1.064 16
15 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:37.026 1.086 18
16 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:37.032 1.092 18
17 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:37.118 1.178 18
18 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:37.282 1.342 17
19 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:37.322 1.382 16
20 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:37.398 1.458 19

Friday Free Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:35.707 40
2 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.832 0.125 38
3 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:35.954 0.247 40
4 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:36.015 0.308 39
5 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:36.026 0.319 36
6 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:36.161 0.454 37
7 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:36.254 0.547 31
8 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:36.290 0.583 35
9 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.397 0.690 40
10 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:36.401 0.694 35
11 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.515 0.808 30
12 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.516 0.809 34
13 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:36.628 0.921 32
14 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:36.639 0.932 29
15 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:36.640 0.933 20
16 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:36.875 1.168 36
17 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:37.267 1.560 38
18 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:37.278 1.571 30
19 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:37.432 1.725 27
20 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:37.930 2.223 37

Friday Free Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 16 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:36.260 27
2 17 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:36.305 0.045 25
3 22 Jenson Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:36.430 0.170 20
4 23 Rubens Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:36.487 0.227 22
5 3 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:36.561 0.301 21
6 4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.646 0.386 18
7 1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.699 0.439 16
8 14 Mark Webber RBR-Renault 1:36.703 0.443 23
9 15 Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 1:36.747 0.487 25
10 10 Timo Glock Toyota 1:36.980 0.720 27
11 9 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.982 0.722 26
12 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:37.025 0.765 20
13 5 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:37.039 0.779 18
14 8 Nelsinho Piquet Renault 1:37.199 0.939 20
15 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:37.241 0.981 18
16 7 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:37.395 1.135 12
17 12 Sebastien Buemi STR-Ferrari 1:37.634 1.374 22
18 6 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:37.640 1.380 17
19 11 Sebastien Bourdais STR-Ferrari 1:38.022 1.762 19
20 2 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.483 2.223 7

When I had to leave the house this morning Lewis had peaked at 4th fastest and Heikki 5th.  In finishing 12th and 13th they slipped quite a way down the pack but withe the 2 BrawnGP drivers in 10th and 11th it seems to have been a mixed bag of results for everyone.

As I sit hear about to watch the qualifying on catch-up, everyone else will of course already know how the starting grid lines up for tomorrow – I just hope the McLaren livery will be seen near the front!

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