Hamilton fastest again in Malaysian Practice 2

Lewis Hamilton continued his dominance in Malaysia, as the McLaren driver once again topped the second practice session for this weekend’s Grand Prix.

The British driver was the first frontrunner to set a time in the session and soon eclipsed his practice one efforts, as he rocketed into the low 1m34s.

However, Hamilton did not enjoy a trouble-free session as, once on the option tyres, the 25-year-old complained about the quality of the tyre.

Hamilton was not alone however, with team-mate Jenson Button (4th) complaining of a lack of rear end stability and understeer. Meanwhile the option tyre was also responsible for a number of incidens during the session with the likes of Jaime Alguersuari and Sebastien Buemi forced off the circuit as the back end of their Toro Rosso’s stepping out.

Sandwiched between the two McLarens were Sebastian Vettel, who improved from his lowly position in the first session, and Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes.

Sadly, the former’s team-mate raised more question marks over the reliability of the Red Bull, as Mark Webber was forced to park his car less than half way into the session, with another suspected engine failure.

Both Ferrari drivers appeared to settle for long-fuel runs, but Fernando Alonso did set a quick time once he had choosen the option tyres. But, while the Spaniard was seventh Massa’s attempt was disappointing, with the Brazilian having to settle for fifteenth.

Pos  Driver         Team          Time               Laps
1.   Hamilton       McLaren       1:34.175	      27
2.   Vettel         Red Bull      1:34.441  + 0.266   28
3.   Rosberg        Mercedes      1:34.443  + 0.268   30
4.   Button         McLaren       1:34.538  + 0.363   24
5.   Schumacher     Mercedes      1:34.674  + 0.499   30
6.   Kubica         Renault       1:35.148  + 0.973   34
7.   Alonso         Ferrari       1:35.581  + 1.406   34
8.   Buemi          Toro Rosso    1:35.660  + 1.485   39
9.   Petrov         Renault       1:35.872  + 1.697   20
10.  Sutil          Force India   1:35.957  + 1.782   32
11.  Kobayashi      Sauber        1:36.018  + 1.843   38
12.  Liuzzi         Force India   1:36.221  + 2.046   34
13.  de la Rosa     Sauber        1:36.325  + 2.150   33
14.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso    1:36.325  + 2.150   39
15.  Massa          Ferrari       1:36.602  + 2.427   30
16.  Barrichello    Williams      1:36.813  + 2.638   26
17.  Hulkenberg     Williams      1:37.415  + 3.240   19
18.  Trulli         Lotus         1:38.454  + 4.279   34
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus         1:38.530  + 4.355   32
20.  Webber         Red Bull      1:38.786  + 4.558   13
21.  Glock          Virgin        1:39.061  + 4.886   23
22.  di Grassi      Virgin        1:39.158  + 4.983   29
23.  Chandhok       HRT           1:41.084  + 6.909   27
24.  Senna          HRT           1:41.481  + 7.306   32