Raikkonen Leads The Way In Final Practice As Vettel Forced To End Early
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest time in the final practice ahead of qualifying for Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. The Iceman set a fastest time of 01:31.880s.
Sebastian Vettel was second fastest despite being to told to pit towards the end of the session with an engine issue. The four time champion has been forced to switch to his final power unit of the season as a result with the Italian team in a race against time to get the German ready for qualifying for Sunday’s race.
Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest just ahead of the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s Valtteri Bottas.
Championship leader Lewis Hamilton ended the session in fifth place just ahead of Max Verstappen in the Red Bull while Sergio Perez was seventh just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Felipe Massa. Esteban Ocon was ninth in the second Force India. McLaren Honda’s Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the top ten.
Fernando Alonso who had a strong day on Friday finished the session in 11th place just ahead of Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll.
Kevin Magnussen was 13th for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg who ended the session just ahead of his new team mate for 2018 Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso. Pierre Gasly was 16th fastest just ahead of Jolyon Palmer in the second Renault.
Romain Grosjean was 18th for the Haas F1 Team just ahead of the Sauber F1 Team’s Marcus Ericsson. Pascal Wehrlein rounded out the order in 20th respectively in the second Sauber.