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Mercedes dominates at Malaysia Grand Prix practice

Rosberg at the 2011 Malaysia Grand Prix
Rosberg at the 2011 Malaysia Grand Prix

It looks like Mercedes will be the team to beat at the Malaysia Grand Prix at Sepang this weekend after Nico Rosberg (who won the season opener in Australia last weekend) posted the fastest time of 1 minute, 39.909 seconds in the second practice session today, 300ths of s second faster than Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen by setting the fastest times in both of Friday's practice sessions, although its Formula One rivals were closer than expected. Raikkonen was also second during the morning session behind Rosberg’s teamate Lewis Hamilton.

Still, it should be noted that the top 6 cars during the practice this afternoon separated by “just 2/10th of a second,” with Red Bull champ Sebastian Vettel coming in a very impressive 3rd after being forced to change his engine’s computer power supply unit, while fellow Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo was seventh.

Ricciardo, is still waiting for word on the appeal of his second place disqualification in Australia last week because of problems with his engine’s fuel consumption under new F1 regulations (see