Malaysian GP practice as it happened

Text and video highlights of second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix, where Nico Rosberg is fastest.

28 March 2014 Last updated at 01:31

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  1. 08:00: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    So it's Nico Rosberg who wins the battle of the Mercedes, but Lewis Hamilton will know he could have ended the day top of the pile had he not made a couple of mistakes on his medium tyre-run.

    We all know the 2008 world champion is a man for the big occasion, so expect him to play a key part in tomorrow's qualifying session. Ferrari look likely to be in the mix, too, as does reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel, Williams and McLaren. It's beautifully poised.

    Until tomorrow, it's good morning from me.

  2. 07:55: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's practice report. Keep an eye out for the second practice session highlights which will be up on the F1 pages soon. And why not give Lewis Hamilton's column - on why new F1 rules make life tough for drivers - a read, too.

  3. 07:50: 

    I'll be back at 04:30 GMT to begin building up to third and final practice. The qualifying show starts at 07:00 on BBC One with the session itself beginning at 08:00.

  4. 07:45: 

    Don't forget Inside F1 is on the BBC News channel and online at 1845 GMT while we'll have the best video and news stories from the paddock up on the F1 pages later today.

  5. 07:40: 
    Mark Webber

    Mark Webber meets Dr Simon Sostaric in a special feature in Saturday's pre-qualifying show to talk about the pill that drivers take to measure their core temperature during hot Formula 1 races.

    The former Red Bull driver says the pill is a welcome change from the alternative method of taking a person's core temperature - by using a rectal thermometer. You can watch a teaser here.

  6. 07:35: 
    SECOND PRACTICE RESULTS

    1) Rosberg 2) Raikkonen 3) Vettel 4) Hamilton 5) Alonso 6) Massa 7) Ricciardo 8) Button 9) Bottas 10) Hulkenberg 11) Vergne

    12) Magnussen 13) Sutil 14) Kvyat 15) Gutierrez 16) Perez 17) Grosjean 18) Chilton 19) Bianchi 20) Ericsson

    Did not set a time: Kobayashi and Maldonado

  7.   
    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "Very close, very competitive and there's going to be a lot of long run data to go through tonight. This is not forgone conclusion. What we don't know is how much lap time Merced have in their pocket. But they do look very strong."

  8. 07:31: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg finishes fastest in second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

  9. 07:30: 

    Having said that, Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has gone off the track. "Just a trip in the gravel," he says. "I'll cruise back slowly."

  10. 07:29: 

    It's been a good day for Red Bull, who have had a relatively issue-free day. That makes a change from pre-season testing and Australia. Sebastian Vettel is looking very quick.

  11. 07:28: 

    Kevin Magnussen locks up both front tyres as he struggles to get down to the maximum speed limit in the pit lane. The result is a flat spot on each tyre.

  12. 07:26: 

    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is told that his pace is good considering the length of the stint. The German is then told to come in for a switch to the hard tyre.

  13.  
    TEAM RADIO
    Malaysian GP

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen: "My rear tyres are in quite a bad shape already - the car is sliding about a lot."

  14. 07:21: 

    We're in the closing stages of this session, with drivers still focusing on long runs. The medium tyres are going off very quickly, but the hard tyres are not only more durable but also producing quite good performance, with Lewis Hamilton consistently clocking mid-1m44s on that rubber well into the stint. That'll give the strategists something to think about ahead of the race.

  15.   
    BBC Radio 5 live commentator James Allen

    "Ferrari are looking more potent here. We're starting to see what they can really do. You sense there is some optimism in the Ferrari camp."

  16. 07:16: 

    Nico Rosberg pits for the hard tyres. His Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton follows suit. Both continue with their long runs.

  17.  

    Lotus: Not more parking fines @RGrosjean!

  18. 07:12: 
    RETIREMENT

    As is becoming a regular occurrence this year, the Lotus of Romain Grosjean pulls off track. The Frenchman climbs out of the car and helps the marshals push his Lotus behind the barriers.

  19. 07:08: 
    Malaysian GP

    Fernando Alonso's engineer tells him that his tyre degradation on the long run "looks quite good" compared to his rivals and adds that the Spaniard is currently the fastest driver on track.

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    Chris Birks: The Mercedes engines are bossing it so far in Malaysia, I'm going for a Hamilton win this weekend and strong Ferrari showing.

    Devon: I'd rather have a competitive season with quiet engines than a boring season with loud engines.

    Emilia: Is it me or do the cars whistle?

  21. 07:04: 

    Lewis Hamilton catches and passes former team-mate Jenson Button into Turn One as they continue with their long runs. Button tries to hang on to the Mercedes and manages to do so in the first sector, but then gradually starts to fall away.

  22.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "You have to feel for Lotus. After a disastrous pre-season programme, and a troubled time in Australia, there was no respite in first practice in Malaysia. Neither Pastor Maldonado nor Romain Grosjean completed a timed lap - in fact they managed only six circuits in total between them. Each stopped out on track, and the car was not running cleanly when it was moving. This is all a result of a late start to preparations, which itself was a knock-on effect caused by their budgetary issues in 2013. The team believe they will be fine this year once they have solved their current problems, but it may take until the fifth race of the season in Spain to do so. And as of now, they have no idea whether the car is any good, because it simply has not run long enough to find out."

  23. 07:01: 

    The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are lapping in the 1m44s in their long runs while the Williams of Felipe Massa is in the low 1m45s.

  24. 06:57: 

    So teams will bring their drivers in after the option tyre run, load the car up with fuel and send them back out on the same tyres to simulate the opening stint of the race.

  25.  

    Force India: With little more than 30 minutes left on the clock, our focus shifts to longer runs. We'll be testing with both tyre compounds.

  26. 06:53: 
    BRIT UPDATE

    Lewis Hamilton is fourth fastest, just over a tenth off the pace, but he made a couple of mistakes on his medium tyre run. Jenson Button is eighth, seven tenths off the pace with Max Chilton 17th after his Marussia team managed to get him back out.

  27. 06:50: 

    Sebastian Vettel improves to go third fastest, just 0.61 seconds off the pace in the Red Bull. His Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo goes seventh, 1.3 seconds off the pace.

  28.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "While most of his colleagues trained in the heat in Asia somewhere, Kevin Magnussen flew back home to Woking after his stunning debut in Australia. The Dane's coolness continues to impress and this weekend he is joined in Malaysia by his father Jan, an F1 driver for McLaren and Stewart back in the 1990s. Kevin appears to have inherited all his dad's talent, but none of the chaotic approach to life that prevented him delivering on it. Jan says comparing his son to him is 'not fair - he is way above me, even at my best. He is so much better prepared, gets in, knows what he's doing. If he can carry on like he has started, he has a fantastic future ahead of him.'"

  29. 06:45: 

    The Red Bull mechanics have brought the fluorescent yellow flo-viz paint out. This time, their splattering it over the turning vanes under the nose of the car. Earlier in the session, they had daubed it on one half of the rear wing.

  30. 06:43: 

    Nico Rosberg tops the timesheets from Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel complete the top sixth.

  31. 06:42: 

    Sebastian Vettel, the reigning world champion, goes sixth fastest, just two and a half tenths off the pace in the Red Bull. It's so close at the top.

  32.   
    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has been very critical of the sound of the new F1 cars, but had not actually heard them in person until Friday in Malaysia, having not travelled to the Australian Grand Prix.

    "He admits to BBC F1 pit-lane reporter Tom Clarkson that the cars sound 'better than I thought', but adds: 'People buy F1 and when they get what we've got at the moment they don't think it's F1.' Asked if the engines can be made louder by tuning the exhausts, he says: 'I don't know. You'll have to ask the engineers. I've asked them and they've said no.'

    "He is in classic-Ecclestone-stonewall mood on other subjects. On the Red Bull fuel-flow controversy: 'Let's wait a few races.' On whether it's better that Sebastian Vettel is not dominating: 'Yeah, it's good.' Asked who will win in Malaysia, he says: 'A Mercedes.' Would he like to see Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg? 'I don't care.'"

  33. 06:40: 

    Kimi Raikkonen continues his good form so far today, the Finn clocking a 1:39.944, a few thousandths behind Nico Rosberg. Raikkonen looks quicker than Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso so far this weekend.

  34. 06:39: 

    Next time around, Valtteri Bottas improves to go fourth fastest, seven tenths off the pace after 10 laps in the medium.

    That lap also included two mistakes, where he took a bit too much kerb and the rear stepped out. There's definitely more pace in that Williams.

  35. 06:37: 

    Valtteri Bottas sets the fastest first sector of all and follows that up with a personal best in the second, but it's a poor final sector for the Williams driver and he goes seventh quickest, 1.2 seconds off the pace.

  36. 06:36: 

    Lewis Hamilton locks up into the final hairpin and goes second, 0.142 seconds off the pace set by his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

  37. 06:35: 

    Nico Rosberg sweeps to the top of the charts, slicing two tenths off Felipe Massa's previous best.

  38. 06:33: 

    Felipe Massa goes quickest in the Williams on medium tyres with a time of 1:40.112.

  39. 06:30: 

    Drivers are starting to switch to the medium tyre, the softest compound available this weekend. The hard tyre is the prime.

  40.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Kimi Raikkonen

    "Kimi Raikkonen has found himself in a somewhat odd situation at the start of his second Ferrari career. All weekend in Australia, the word was that he was struggling to be comfortable with Ferrari's brake-by-wire system. Not so, he said after the race, it was just a general set-up thing that required new parts to make the car behave more to his liking. But in the days following the race, Ferrari put out a statement quoting Raikkonen talking about his problems with brake-by-wire.

    "Then, asked about it on his arrive in Malaysia, he again denied it. 'Ah,' he said, 'I don't know where that came from. It's not the issue. There is nothing wrong with the system. Somebody asked me after the race and I said 'it's not that' - because they kind of said 'is there some issue?' It's not true. But just mainly set-up to get the car as I like it, as I wanted to have it. We're making some stuff for me, so hopefully once we get those it will get a bit more easy to get a bit more feeling in the front end. But it will take a little while.'"

  41. 06:24: 

    Caterham are working hard to fix the problem with the power unit in Kamui Kobayashi's car, but the Japanese probably will not take any part in this session.

  42.  

    Mercedes: We're hearing of a slight headwind into T1: a breeze will affect the stability of the cars and also braking points on corner entry.

  43. 06:20: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso sweeps to the top of the timesheets with a 1:40.737, a few thousandths quicker than Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton.

  44.  

    Lotus: This morning's total team lap tally beaten just 10mins into FP2.

  45. 06:15: 

    It's a Williams one-two now, with Valtteri Bottas just 0.003 seconds quicker than team-mate Felipe Massa, and Kimi Raikkonen roughly a tenth further back.

  46. 06:10: 

    Force India's Nico Hulkenberg sets the early pace, the German clocking a 1:42.293, one and a half tenths quicker than McLaren's Jenson Button, with Romain Grosjean in the Lotus third.

  47.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "What can Red Bull achieve this weekend? The world champions scored no points in Melbourne but Sebastian Vettel admitted that 'overall it was a positive weekend for us', as they were able to prove the car was quick after their disastrous pre-season programme. They accept, however, that they are behind Mercedes, and Vettel admitted that he 'wouldn't mind some rain', after Ricciardo's second place on the grid in the wet in Melbourne. Vettel was seventh fastest in P1, despite doing only nine laps, which suggests he won't be far away, wet or dry."

  48. 06:05: 
    SPIN!

    Max Chilton spins his Marussia just a few corners into his first lap. The Brit initially looks like he's stuck between gears but then the car jolts forward so he may well have stalled. If that's the case, it's session over with one hour and 25 minutes to go.

    Malaysian GP
  49. 06:02: 

    Romain Grosjean is the first man out in the Lotus, with Sergio Perez, who didn't set a lap time in the Force India this morning, following him out.

  50. 06:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Here we go, then. Second practice is go, go, go.

  51.  
    Pastor Maldonado

    Lotus: So it's either short wheelbase evaluation for @Pastormaldo in this session or he's not going out.

  52. 05:56: 

    It's going from bad to worse for Lotus. The team had a miserable time in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, with the two cars locking out the back row of the grid and then failing to finish.

    Romain Grosjean only managed a handful of laps this morning while Pastor Maldonado lost a bunch of time with an engine problem. Maldonado won't be taking any part in this session as the team battle to solve the problem.

  53. 05:55: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Drivers are paying tribute to the passengers on missing flight MH370 during this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix by carrying messages on their cars and helmets - as Lewis Hamilton is doing so, pictured. There will be a minute's silence before the race. "It's devastating to hear about it," said Hamilton. "All you can do is pray."

  54. 05:50: 

    It's hotting up at Sepang with the track temperature up 15 degrees from this morning to 50C. The ambient temperature is 33C.

  55.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado won the prize for understatement of the day when he said on Thursday that the start to the season 'was quite tough for us'. After missing the first test, doing less mileage than anyone else overall, and following that with a Melbourne weekend stricken with unreliability, he's not joking.

    "Technical director Nick Chester has said he believes it could be the first European race in Spain in May before Lotus have caught up the ground they have lost and Maldonado admitted that, despite flashes of promise, the team had no idea how good the car was. 'It is very difficult to say, just because everything is new for us,' the Venezuelan said. 'We will need some more time in the car, especially to explore the potential of the car. The feeling is not bad but against the other teams we need some more time in the track.'"

  56. 05:44: 

    The session begins at 06:00 with coverage on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 live starting at 05:55.

    James Allen and Allan McNish

    Lee McKenzie is your host, with James Allen and Allan McNish in the commentary box and Tom Clarkson and Jennie Gow in the pit lane.

  57. 05:40: 

    Nico Rosberg, with his baseball cap back to front, is warming up for the second 90-minute session of the day with his traditional kick about in the paddock behind the team hospitality units.

  58.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "First practice in Malaysia confirmed the superiority of the Mercedes cars, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg first and third fastest. It was an encouraging session for Kimi Raikkonen, who split the silver cars in his Ferrari after struggling in Australia. The Ferrari looked pretty quick.

    "Team-mate Fernando Alonso was second quickest in the twisty middle sector of the lap, despite ending up 11th fastest overall after a spin on his second run caused damage to his floor which could not be repaired until the end of the session.

    "And Raikkonen was fastest of all in sector three. However, this may well not be an indicator of form - Alonso was fastest in first practice in Australia two weeks ago. But he admitted that had not been representative. It seems Ferrari run their cars a little lighter on fuel than their main rivals on Fridays."

  59. 05:36: 

    Welcome back if you're rejoining us after a quick snooze and hello to those just waking up for work.

    Lewis Hamilton was quickest in first practice, with Kimi Raikkonen second and Nico Rosberg third.

  60. 05:32: 

    Morning all and welcome to live coverage of second practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

  61. 05:30: 

    Hello. Anybody there?

  62. 03:55: 

    Good choice Amanda. Power naps are the way forward in situations such as these. I'll be back at 05:30 GMT to begin building up to second practice, which starts at 06:00.

    Coverage on BBC Two and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra starts five minutes before the green light flickers on. See you in a bit.

  63.  
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    Amanda: The question now is do I stay awake, have a snooze or miss FP2. I do enjoy watching when it's live. Snooze I think. See you at 6am!

  64. 03:48: 
    Nico Rosberg and Lee McKenzie

    On Sunday, you can see a cool feature with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg who explains the physics of Formula 1's new turbo engines to Lee McKenzie. Click here for a teaser.

  65. 03:43: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's first practice report. Keep an eye out for highlights of that session - of which there were many as drivers struggled with rear grip which led to them getting to know the grass and gravel parts of the circuit very well.

  66. 03:38: 

    So as expected, it's Mercedes who look like the team to beat in Malaysia, with McLaren and Ferrari their closest rival.

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish points out that Sebastian Vettel is only eight tenths off the pace in the Red Bull having completed just nine laps, mind.

  67.  

    Caterham: The energy store change on @kamui_kobayashi's car meant he only ran 5 laps & finishes 19th (1.51.180)... a tale of two halves!

  68. 03:33: 
    FIRST PRACTICE RESULTS

    1) Hamilton 2) Raikkonen 3) Rosberg 4) Button 5) Magnussen 6) Vergne 7) Vettel 8) Hulkenberg 9) Massa 10) Bottas 11) Alonso

    12) Ricciardo 13) Sutil 14) Kvyat 15) Gutierrez 16) Bianchi 18) Chilton 19) Kobayashi

    No time: Perez, Maldonado, Grosjean

  69. 03:30: 
    CHEQUERED FLAG
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

  70. 03:29: 

    Lewis Hamilton gets a wheel on the kerb on the exit of Turn 10 and that destabilises the car. He locks up and slides into the gravel at Turn 11, but he keeps the engine running and rejoins the track before retreating to the pits. "It's like driving on marbles out there," says Hamilton.

  71. 03:28: 

    Lewis Hamilton is in the gravel!

  72. 03:24: 

    Neither Lotus has set a lap time yet. Romain Grosjean, who stopped out on track earlier in the session, has just been out for an installation lap. If all is well, the Frenchman will still have time to get a flying lap or two in before the chequered flag.

  73. 03:20: 

    Force India's Sergio Perez hasn't set a time in this session and has only managed two installation laps. The team are performing checks on the car, but they are hopeful of getting him out for one run before the end of the session.

  74.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Melbourne confirmed the pre-season predictions that Williams were in good shape this year - only a collision with the wall that required a pit stop for a new wheel preventing Valtteri Bottas finishing on the podium. The Finn admits they are expecting to be the second or third fastest team in Malaysia and he and Felipe Massa are looking forward to a good weekend. Their main concern is if it rains, as it usually does at some point in Malaysia. The Williams is unstable at the rear so is not as strong in the wet."

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    Dooj: Lotus are going to need an engine a race ! #bbcf1

    Peter Hayes: ‏Flames just spitting out of exhaust before Maldonado cut engine. Not good for Lotus or Renault.

    Luke Haughton: ‏These Lotuses are bloody awful. If I was Lotus mechanic I'd be asking around in the other garages for same job. #bbcf1

  76.  
    TEAM RADIO

    Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat: "It's undriveable mate."

  77. 03:12: 
    Malaysian GP

    "Stop the car, stop the car," says Pastor Maldonado's engineer. The Venezuelan makes it into the pit lane and is then pushed by three marshals towards the Lotus garage.

  78. 03:11: 

    Blue smoke coming out of the back of Pastor Maldonado's Lotus....

  79. 03:08: 

    So Lewis Hamilton leads the way, just over a tenth quicker than Kimi Raikkonen with Nico Rosberg third and Jenson Button fourth. Sebastian Vettel is seventh, Fernando Alonso 11th and Daniel Ricciardo 12th.

  80. 03:06: 
    Malaysian GP

    Felipe Massa spins at Turn 8, just like Fernando Alonso a few minutes ago. He keeps the engine running and rejoins. The Brazilian is currently eighth fastest, 0.995 seconds off the pace.

  81.  

    McLaren: So, Kev's car went into 'limp home' mode - didn't quite manage that, but the marshals/mechanics got it across the line! We're getting @KevinMagnussen's car ready to go out again before the end of #FP1.

  82. 03:03: 

    "We drained out the battery," says Lotus driver Romain Grosjean, who stopped out on track earlier in the session. "So far this season hasn't been successful but hopefully things will get better this weekend and we can go for points."

  83. 03:01: 

    Mark Webber was quickest in this session last year with a 1:36.9, so the leading time by Lewis Hamilton is just under four seconds slower.

  84. 03:00: 

    Kimi Raikkonen's time at the top of the charts is short-lived as Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:40.823, one second fastest than anyone else in the Mercedes.

  85. 02:59: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest in the Ferrari. The Finn, who scored his first ever pole position at this track, clocks a 1:40.843. Moments later, his team-mate Fernando Alonso spins. A rare mistake from the Spanish double world champion.

  86. 02:58: 

    A couple of marshals push Kevin Magnussen into the pit lane before six McLaren team members arrive to take over. The Dane might not be back out again with only a little over 30 minutes remaining.

  87. 02:55: 

    Kevin Magnussen sets the fastest lap of the session so far with a 1:41.274 but he then rolls to a stop at the entry to the pit lane. The Dane is given a push by the marshals and he gets going but only at a crawling speed. The McLaren then stops again, having moved about 20m.

  88. 02:53: 

    Kimi Raikkonen has a moment, the rear end of his Ferrari stepping out massively. The Finn catches it, but he'll have lost a bunch of time. Lewis Hamilton's engineer then tell his charge over team radio that "lots of drivers are struggling with rear end grip".

  89.  

    Lotus: A little early for post session debrief @RGrosjean 'The car lacked forward motion on the straight.'

  90. 02:51: 

    Brazilian Felipe Nasr tells BBC F1 pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie that he will get a chance to drive the Williams in first practice next time out in Bahrain.

  91. 02:48: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne is currently fastest in the Toro Rosso. The Renault engine in that car seems to be working nicely. Same can't be said for others using the French unit.

  92.  

    Caterham: Five laps in for @kamui_kobayashi but we've found a problem with his energy store so it's floor off to change it so he can run again in FP2.

  93.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Ferrari's performance was one of the disappointments of the first race of the season, with Fernando Alonso able to manage only an off-the-pace fourth, which technical director James Allison said was 'not acceptable'. But Alonso and team-mate Kimi Raikkonen said in Australia that various problems with the car had held them back, and Alonso insisted he still had faith that Ferrari could make the car competitive.

    "'Definitely,' he said. 'I think we have more potential than we saw in Australia. We have to put everything in place and have a better weekend, we also understand we need to improve and it's still not enough especially with the Mercedes seeming very strong. But we have the potential, the team has the facilities and the talent to do a very good job and are strong. We will do better; I am pretty sure. We know it has not been a perfect start and it seems like a repetition of the last couple of years but these are different rules, with different rate of development and the hope is still perfectly there.'

    "The team say the car has proved to be strong aerodynamically, but lacks some performance from the engine. So it's possible the demanding Sepang layout may help them move up the pecking order a little."

  94. 02:42: 

    When asked whether Williams will be in contention for victory this weekend, Valtteri Bottas said: "Not yet, I think Mercedes is still too strong, too quick. Of course, this is a different type of circuit, but I think Mercedes are still main team to beat. But we will keep pushing.

    "Last year I had one of my best results here. At the moment, the feeling is it should be at least as good as Melbourne. Hopefully I can get an improvement on my best result of the career (fifth, which he scored in Australia earlier this month)."

    Bottas is currently 10th fastest, 1.2 seconds off the pace.

  95. 02:37: 

    After a busy opening 30 minutes, it's pretty quiet out on track as the teams have had to hand back that extra set of tyres.

    Fernando Alonso is fastest with a 1:41.923 but is now sat at the back of the Ferrari garage with his baseball cap on.

    Kevin Magnussen is second ahead of Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

  96. 02:35: 

    When asked by Tom Clarkson if the half second McLaren chief Ron Dennis thinks the team have made for Malaysia will mean they can race the Mercedes on Sunday, Jenson Button replied: "No, they're at least a second ahead."

    McLaren are leading the constructors' championship after Button finished third in Melbourne, following Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification, with McLaren team-mate Kevin Magnussen second behind Mercedes race winner Nico Rosberg.

  97.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Daniel Ricciardo's disqualification has shared the headlines with the debate over the sound of the new engines since the Australian Grand Prix. But the Red Bull driver said that once he was out of Melbourne and back at home in Perth, he was able to focus on the positives of a strong weekend in his debut for the world champion team. 'I had a bit of time to get over it so I'm all right now,' he said. 'It was a bit disappointing, obviously, had a bit of time to think, and Monday had a few cameras in my face so I couldn't realty escape it for about 24 hours but after that was home and spent some time with friends and family did some training, so wasn't thinking too much about it. Definitely more positives than negatives.'"

  98. 02:30: 
    SPIN!
    Malaysian GP

    Adrian Sutil causes a scene coming into the pit lane, running onto the grass on the entry and spinning and dragging gravel onto the track. The Sauber driver keeps the engine running and recovers to his garage.

  99. 02:26: 
    RETIREMENT
    Romain Grosjean

    Romain Grosjean has ground to a halt in his Lotus as the Enstone-based team's miserable start to the season continues. The Frenchman was the closest challenger to the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber at the end of last season. Based on the team's position right now, he'd probably just be happy to have a car that works.

  100.  
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    Share your views using #bbcf1 or on the BBC Sport Facebook page on the new engine sounds.

    Ollie Howe: I like the new sound... I know it's not the same but F1 has to move with the times.

    Riaz Ali: I love the sound of the turbo spool, but still miss the iconic F1 noise.

  101. 02:24: 

    Here's the view from the BBC Radio 5 live sports extra commentary box. It's got the perfect view of the Red Bull garage, where Daniel Ricciardo is being pushed back into the garage.

  102. 02:22: 
    Malaysian GP

    We've got 13 drivers on track right now, with drivers making use of the extra set of tyres which is available for the first 30 minutes of the session. That's good news for the fans who have turned out to a grand prix which boasts some of the cheapest tickets on the F1 calendar.

  103. 02:19: 

    Fernando Alonso is the early pace-setter, the Ferrari driver clocking a 1:42.930, two tenths quicker than Valtteri Bottas, who produced a brilliant drive to fifth in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

  104. 02:16: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg put this shot up of his team-mate Lewis Hamilton on in his Instagram page earlier in the week and said: "Just saw Lewis in KL. He got himself a new bike. What you think? I don't think it suits him too well."

  105.  

    Force India: Both drivers completed the installation laps - all systems running fine on the two cars. Setting the VJM07s for the rest of the programme.

  106.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Keep a watching brief on Lewis Hamilton's engine. Mercedes have repaired the cylinder problem that ended his race in Australia and he is starting this weekend with the same engine he used in Melbourne. 'Whether we'll race it I don't know,' Hamilton said."

  107. 02:11: 
    Malaysian GP

    Right now, though, it's a gloriously sunny day at Sepang, with Sebastian Vettel making his first appearance of the day in the Red Bull.

  108. 02:08: 

    Now anyone who has watched the Malaysian Grand Prix in the past will know that rain is always a threat during the race weekend. This year is no different. Watch the BBC weather forecast here.

  109. 02:05: 

    Everyone has been out on track for an installation lap, to check all is well with the cars following their journey from Australia to Malaysia, apart from Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.

  110. 02:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is the first man out, closely followed by Caterham's Marcus Ericsson.

  111.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Mercedes are expected to pick up in Malaysia where they left off in Australia - in dominant form. But which driver will come out on top? And what ramifications will that have for the rest of the season? Following Nico Rosberg's victory in Melbourne and his own retirement, Lewis Hamilton is now 25 points behind his team-mate in the championship. Hamilton admits this is a 'serious deficit', but says: 'I will just work as hard as I can to catch it up.'

    "Everyone is wondering how Mercedes will handle the situation, especially if the two are racing closely together on Sunday. How close are they to already backing Rosberg for the title, despite their insistence the drivers will be allowed to race? Asked if he was worried, Hamilton said: 'It depends on how you look at it. I quite like to chase, so if anything it's done me a favour.'"

  112. 01:55: 
    Ben Edwards and Tony Dodgins

    Reach for your remotes. We're up and running with Lee McKenzie and Allan McNish on BBC Two and in the video console at the top of this page. Ben Edwards and Tony Dodgins are your commentary team.

  113. 01:50: 
    Michael Johnson and Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton donned one of his finest suits in the build-up to the Malaysian Grand Prix as he attended the Laureus Sports Awards. The 2008 world champion bumped into 400m legend Michael Johnson (pictured) and skateboarder Tony Hawk. However, it was Sebastian Vettel who walked away with the silverware, the German claiming the Sportsman of the Year award.

  114. 01:45: 

    We've got two practice sessions to enjoy today, with the first session starting at 02:00 GMT and lasting 90 minutes. A second follows at 06:00 and also lasts 90 minutes.

    We'll have moving pictures on BBC Two and online, with radio coverage on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Click here to find our schedule for the weekend.

  115. 01:41: 
    Get involved

    So seeing as you're awake, why not get involved with this live text commentary through the wee small hours of the morning? Tweet @bbcf1 using #bbcf1 or leave a comment on the BBC Sport Facebook page. Also head to our Instagram account to check out some behind the scenes photos during the Malaysian Grand Prix.

  116.   
    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Formula 1's capacity to generate headlines and intrigue never fails to amaze. One race into the season, and already there is a row about the new rules, a controversy over a disqualification and quietly bubbling in the background the question of how a dominant team is going to handle two intensely competitive and ambitious drivers. Whatever your view of the new F1, 2014 is already rich with promise."

  117. 01:36: 

    First of all, a hearty pat on the back to all of you who have woken up early - or indeed stayed up late - to join us for this 90-minute session.

    I've prepared for the weekend - which will see the drivers cope with ambient temperatures of 32C and 70% humidity that results drivers losing around three litres of body fluid in sweat - by sitting in a sauna.

    Marussia's Max Chilton used something a little more sophisticated, heading to a specialised facility at St Mary's University in Twickenham where you can run or cycle in a room where you control how hot and humid it is. The Briton was doing 90-minute sessions. Impressive.

  118. 01:33: 
    Malaysian GP

    Morning everybody and a very warm welcome to our live coverage of first practice for the Malaysian Grand Prix from the Sepang International Circuit.

  119. 01:30: 

    Stop whinging. That's basically what McLaren's Jenson Button has told anyone who has complained about the lack of noise from Formula 1's new engines.

    Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel and F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone have criticised the sound from the new 1.6-litre V6 engines.

    But Button simply says: "Go and race something else if you are not happy."

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 220
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 191
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 156
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 119
5 Finland V Bottas Williams 110
6 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 98
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 69
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 66
9 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 45
10 Brazil F Massa Williams 40
11 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 39
12 Mexico S Perez Force India 31
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 11
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 7
16 France J Bianchi Marussia 2
17 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
18 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham 0
19 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
21 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia 0
23 A Lotterer Caterham 0

Results

After 44 of 44 laps
Position Driver Team

Race completed

1 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes
3 Finland V Bottas Williams
4 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
6 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
7 Great Britain J Button McLaren
8 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
9 Mexico S Perez Force India
10 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
11 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
12 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
13 Brazil F Massa Williams
14 Germany A Sutil Sauber
15 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber
16 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
17 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
18 France J Bianchi (ret.) Marussia
19 Great Britain L Hamilton (ret.) Mercedes
20 France R Grosjean (ret.) Lotus
21 Venezuela P Maldonado (ret.) Lotus
22 A Lotterer (ret.) Caterham

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