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McLaren shine on Friday

Lewis Hamilton has hit back at his critics today by comfortably setting the fastest time in both practice sessions. Both McLarens have shone today with Button coming in 3rd and 4th for the British outfit in a hot and humid Malaysia. However Jenson Button says he has been struggling with the balance and set up of the car, something that he isn't good with adapting to.Lewis on the other hand set the quickest time of the day with a 1:34.175 was .266 seconds quicker than second placed Sebastian Vettel. Red Bull however have had another day of reliabilty problems. In Free practice 2, Webber went off with a suspected engine/gearbox failure and Sebastian Vettel, the favourite for the race complained about a lack of power steering. So the difficult season looks likely to continue for Red Bull. Webber finished 20th with his team mate again driving strongest with 2nd. Mercedes had a good day, In FP1 they had a solid outing with 2nd and 4th for Rosberg and Schumacher respectively. Then in FP2 they had another good show with 3rd and 5th. So things look on the up for the team. Whilst theres been a swap around with Ferrari as they see themselves look quite slow today. It is unclear whether they were heavy but there was definite problems with Massa's car, around the bottom of the diffuser area. Alonso came in 8th then 7th and Massa finished with 11th then 14th. So all in all, not a fast day for the scuderia although they probably did have more fuel. Although the team did say this on their twitter during FP2
"There is a lot of work to do to prepare the race: we can foresee a very difficult weekend," Ferrari's Twitter update during FP2
Also, Kubica kept his momentum from his second place podium in Australia and got his Renault up to 6th in FP1 and then FP2 he made a good 5th. A very strong show from the team that was plagued by controversial issues off the track and a slow car on the track last year. F1heaven covered FP2 today and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who read our live commentary! We will be back for FP3 tomorrow. Free Practice 1 Classification
1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:34.921
2Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:35.106
3Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:35.207
4Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:35.225
5Robert KubicaRenault1:35.402
6Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1:35.479
7Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:35.955
8Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:35.959
9Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1:36.043
10Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1:36.100
11Felipe MassaFerrari1:36.451
12Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:36.503
13Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari1:36.645
14Vitaly PetrovRenault1:36.712
15Paul Di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:36.891
16Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:36.899
17Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:37.802
18Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:38.278
19Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:39.460
20Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:39.755
21Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:40.159
22Fairuz FauzyLotus (Test driver)1:40.721
23Bruno SennaHispania-Cosworth1:41.832
24Karun ChandhokHispania-Cosworth1:41.966
Free Practice 2 Classification
1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:34.175
2Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault1:34.441
3Nico RosbergMercedes GP1:34.443
4Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:34.538
5Michael SchumacherMercedes GP1:34.674
6Robert KubicaRenault1:35.148
7Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:35.581
8Sebastien BuemiToro Rosso-Ferrari1:35.660
9Vitaly PetrovRenault1:35.872
10Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:35.957
11Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:36.018
12Vitantonio LiuzziForce India-Mercedes1:36.221
13Pedro de la RosaBMW Sauber-Ferrari1:36.325
14Jaime AlguersuariToro Rosso-Ferrari1:36.325
15Felipe MassaFerrari1:36.602
16Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:36.813
17Nico HulkenbergWilliams-Cosworth1:37.415
18Jarno TrulliLotus-Cosworth1:38.454
19Heikki KovalainenLotus-Cosworth1:38.530
20Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1:38.786
21Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:39.061
22Lucas di GrassiVirgin-Cosworth1:39.158
23Karun ChandhokHispania-Cosworth1:41.084
24Bruno SennaHispania-Cosworth1:41.481
Thanks for reading, and please comment below and say what you thought of both Friday Practices! Joe

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