Nico Rosberg edges Kimi Raikkonen in Sepang first practice

Nico Rosberg kept Mercedes at the top of the times by setting the fastest time – a 1:40.124 – of the first practice session in Malaysia.

His time was just under four tenths clear of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen whose impressive time was backed up by team-mate Sebastian Vettel who ended up in third. Rosberg’s team-mate Lewis Hamilton completed just four laps before his session was brought to an en end by an engine problem.

Fernando Alonso made his 2015 Grand Prix debut, returning to the McLaren cockpit for the first time since his testing accident in the first Barcelona test. Also out on track for their first running of the 2015 season was Sauber test driver Raffaele Marciello and the Manor duo of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. The start of the session was busy as drivers completed installation laps with Merhi reporting something strange on his car. He returned to the pits and was able to get further running with the team completing system checks.

Rosberg topped the early times, ending up a second faster than anyone else but Raikkonen’s last run saw him close the gap. The top ten were separated by just under two seconds with the Manor duo ending up seven seconds down on the pacesetter. The times were as follows:

  1. Nico Rosberg – 1:40.124 – 20 laps
  2. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:40.497 – 17 laps
  3. Sebastian Vettel – 1:40.985 – 13 laps
  4. Romain Grosjean – 1:41.543 – 14 laps
  5. Carlos Sainz – 1:41.596 – 26 laps
  6. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:41.787 – 15 laps
  7. Max Verstappen – 1:41.803 – 23 laps
  8. Valtteri Bottas – 1:41.882 – 23 laps
  9. Daniil Kvyat – 1:42.055 – 18 laps
  10. Marcus Ericsson – 1:42.064 – 16 laps
  11. Felipe Massa – 1:42.103 – 23 laps
  12. Pastor Maldonado – 1:42.567 – 19 laps
  13. Raffaele Marciello – 1:42.621 – 13 laps
  14. Fernando Alonso – 1:42.885 – 20 laps
  15. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:42.893 – 13 laps
  16. Sergio Perez – 1:43.054 – 15 laps
  17. Jenson Button – 1:43.100 – 19 laps
  18. Will Stevens – 1:46.686 – 8 laps
  19. Roberto Merhi – 1:47.783 – 8 laps
  20. Lewis Hamilton – No Time Set – 4 laps
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