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Lewis Hamilton quickest in Malaysia as Magnussen suffers fire

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Lewis Hamilton was in convincing form as he headed Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in second use during a Malaysian Grand Prix.

The universe champion was 0.223 seconds quicker than a German, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel 0.661secs off in third forward of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fifth fastest forward of Force India’s Sergio Perez and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.

The day began with a thespian array glow involving Renault’s Kevin Magnussen.

A leaking fuel breather siren forced a Dane to detonate fast out of his automobile after only dual laps of a initial use session, and it took steady attempts to extinguish a glow as fuel continued to shun while a group frantically attempted to dull a full tank.


As if a Malaysian Grand Prix wasn’t prohibited enough… abandon detonate by a Renault’s bodywork and behind into life after being extinguished several times

Magnussen was unhurt and a automobile was remade in time for him to take partial in a second session, in that he was 19th fastest though incurred a rage of McLaren’s Jenson Button for restraint a 2009 universe champion on his fastest lap.

The was no such difficulty for Hamilton, who enjoyed a acquire and indispensable lapse to form after a bad final race.

Hamilton finished third in Singapore dual weeks ago as Rosberg won, losing a championship lead for a initial time given holding it in Jul and dropping 8 points behind Rosberg with 6 races to go streamer into this weekend on a perfectionist Sepang track.

After an vague initial use event that was tough to read, a Briton was on considerable form in second practice.

As good as being fastest on a subordinate make-believe runs on a softest tyre, Hamilton also set a gait via a initial partial of a session, by 0.399secs notwithstanding regulating a tough tyre while Rosberg was on a medium.

Behind a Mercedes, Ferrari seemed to have an corner on Red Bull as a dual teams continue their conflict to finish a deteriorate second in a championship – Vettel was 0.432secs quicker than Verstappen.


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Alonso’s position in seventh place was a warn fillip for McLaren.

The Spaniard was regulating an upgraded Honda power-unit, with a lighter retard and redesigned exhaust, directed during improving a car’s subordinate performance.

The growth is directed during Honda’s home competition in Japan subsequent weekend though has been introduced in Malaysia since holding it means a 30-place grid chastisement for Alonso for regulating too many engine parts.

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The devise during this theatre is to return to an older-spec engine for a rest of this weekend.

Button, who will not have a new engine until a US Grand Prix in dual races time during a beginning since Honda does not wish grid penalties during Suzuka, was 10th fastest.

Magnussen was personification catch-up after losing a whole initial event and finished adult 7 places and 0.7secs slower than team-mate Jolyon Palmer.

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