Fernando Alonso, Ferrari

Malaysian GP – Uphill struggle awaits in qualifying

Sepang, 24 March – The third free practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix was declared wet at the start, but the track soon dried thanks to the high temperatures, with the air currently at 30º and the track at 38º. Fastest was Nico Rosberg (1.36.877) in the Mercedes, followed by the Red Bull duo of Sebastian Vettel (1.37.320) and Mark Webber (1.37.338.) It seems that Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will face an uphill struggle in qualifying this afternoon, after they set the 13th and 18th times respectively, in 1.38.246 and 1.39.209. Both Ferrari men did three runs – two on the Hard tyres and one on the Medium as well as carrying out some practice starts from the end of pit lane.

Malaysian GP – Fourth and sixth rows for Fernando and Felipe in the Sepang inferno

Sepang, 24 March – The front row for tomorrow’s fourteenth running of the Malaysian Grand Prix is an all-McLaren affair with Lewis Hamilton again on pole in 1.36.219 with Jenson Button (1.36.368) alongside him. Third is Michael Schumacher (1.36.391) in the Mercedes. Fernando Alonso will start from the fourth row, having set the ninth fastest time in 1.37.566, although he is promoted to eighth because fifth placed Kimi Raikkonen (1.36.461) gets a penalty in the Lotus. In the other Ferrari, Felipe Massa went out at the end of Q2 and will start from 12th place, with a time of 1.37.731.