Nico Rosberg has finished 0.3s ahead of Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel in the first practice session of the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari pair were the only drivers in the field to reduce the gap to Rosberg’s benchmark by under a second, demonstrating the progress the team has made over the winter break.

Lewis Hamilton failed to post a lap time after he lost power and caused him to stop on track at Turn Nine. The team were experiencing telemetry problems early in the session and have narrowed the problem down to a hardware problem in the power unit.

It is not yet known if Hamilton will require a power unit change ahead of FP2 as the team continues to identify the cause of the problem.

The other big story of the session came from the Manor garage, as both cars took to the track for the first time in 2015. Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi both completed eight laps, with a second splitting the pair as they finished in 18th and 19th respectively.

Fernando Alonso successfully made his return to the cockpit of a Formula 1 car, finishing three places ahead of team-mate Jenson Button who could only manage 17th. The McLaren pair was separated by the Force India duo of Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez.

Lotus were the next best finishers behind the Ferraris with Romain Grosjean ending the session in fourth, almost a second-and-a-half off the pace of the Mercedes.

Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo squeezed himself between the two Toro Rosso drivers Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen in sixth, while his team-mate Daniil Kvyat finished in ninth.


2015 Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results
Pos Driver Nat Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:40.124 20
2. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:40.497 + 0.373 17
3. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:40.985 + 0.861 13
4. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes Ere Hybrid 1:41.543 + 1.419 14
5. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:41.596 + 1.472 26
6. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:41.787 + 1.663 15
7. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:41.803 + 1.679 23
8. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:41.882 + 1.758 23
9. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:42.055 + 1.931 18
10. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:42.064 + 1.940 16
11. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:42.103 + 1.979 23
12. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes Ere Hybrid 1:42.567 + 2.443 19
13. Raffaele Marciello it Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:42.621 + 2.497 13
14. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:42.885 + 2.761 20
15. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:42.893 + 2.769 13
16. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:43.054 + 2.930 15
17. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:43.100 + 2.976 19
18. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:46.686 + 6.562 8
19. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:47.683 + 7.559 8
20. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid no time 4

Image via Mercedes AMG F1 Petronas 

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