Sepang: Drama during practice session 1

The Ferrari of Felipe Massa dominated the first practice session at Sepang, lapping just over a second quicker than the rest of the field. The Brazilian driver led a strong Ferrari performance with Kimi Raikkonen finishing with the second quickest time of the session despite stopping half-way through the session with a mechanical problem.

Raikkonen set the early pace with some blistering laps before suddenly coming to a halt, causing a red flag to be shown. Luckily for the Finn it wasn t a mechanical issue the F2008 had merely run out of fuel.

Raikkonen s red flag was waved at almost exactly the same time that David Coulthard also brought out a red flag. Coulthard ran his RB4 wide on Turn 12 and attempted to rejoin the track at Turn 13. However as he took his car over the inside kerbs, his suspension shattered and he flew into the gravel.

It was miserable morning for Red Bull with Mark Webber also having issues around 20 minutes after Coulthard s accident, Webber pulled into the support pits with smoke billowing from the rear of his car.

Towards the rear of the field, Sebastien Vettel spun his Toro Rosso into the gravel after a suspected brake problem; Adrian Sutil managed just five laps in his Force India car before smoke started to pour from the rear of his car and he was forced to retire from the session.

Unofficial Times for Practice Session 1

Pos  Driver       Team                     Time            Laps
 1.  Massa        Ferrari               1:35.392           20
 2.  Raikkonen    Ferrari               1:36.459  + 1.067  8
 3.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes      1:36.556  + 1.164  21
 4.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota       1:36.578  + 1.186  23
 5.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes      1:36.626  + 1.234  17
 6.  Alonso       Renault               1:37.022  + 1.630  18
 7.  Piquet       Renault               1:37.034  + 1.642  28
 8.  Kubica       BMW Sauber            1:37.218  + 1.826  9
 9.  Button       Honda                 1:37.282  + 1.890  17
10.  Trulli       Toyota                1:37.540  + 2.148  24
11.  Heidfeld     BMW Sauber            1:37.649  + 2.257  17
12.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota       1:37.649  + 2.257  18
13.  Barrichello  Honda                 1:37.776  + 2.384  20
14.  Glock        Toyota                1:37.782  + 2.390  27
15.  Vettel       Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:38.219  + 2.827  26
16.  Coulthard    Red Bull-Renault      1:38.232  + 2.840  7
17.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault      1:38.707  + 3.315  12
18.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:38.798  + 3.406  25
19.  Fisichella   Force India-Ferrari   1:39.046  + 3.654  21
20.  Sato         Super Aguri-Honda     1:40.178  + 4.786  11
21.  Davidson     Super Aguri-Honda     1:40.351  + 4.959  14
22.  Sutil        Force India-Ferrari   1:41.269  + 5.877  5