Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel went fastest ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen as the Maranello team set the pace on the opening day of Malaysian Grand Prix practice on Friday. Sebastian Vettel’s time of 1m31.261s, the fastest yet around the 5.543km Sepang circuit, was set in the second 90-minute session in the afternoon, which was brought to an early halt after a loose drain cover caused a heavy crash for Romain Grosjean.
Both Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Seb and Kimi, focused on their programme and topped the time sheet at the end of a session which was cut short by the red flag with about ten minutes to go, when Romain Grosjean drove over a dislodged drain cover which cut through his right rear tyre, causing a heavy collision with the barriers: seconds earlier, Kimi had brushed across the same spot.
Today’s been ok and everything ran smoothly. In the morning we had wet conditions and only managed a few laps, and in the afternoon the session was cut short because of the issue with the track. It is a pity that we couldn’t use the whole session and do more timed laps, because for sure we could have further improved. But the car was feeling good: I made some mistakes on a new set of tires but apart from that it was a pretty straightforward day. Lap times don’t mean much today, as obviously we don’t know what everybody else was doing. Apart from the weather in the morning and the issue with the circuit in the end everything went ok, so let’s see what tomorrow will bring.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s Finnish driver said, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport, at the end of the second practice session ahead of the 2017 Malaysian Grand Prix.