Rosberg tops standings in final practice

Nico Rosberg was top of the practice time sheets once again today as the German clocked the fastest lap in the final session ahead of tomorrow’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Williams driver recorded the best times in all three practices in Australia and was quickest again in the first session at Sepang yesterday before being bumped down to fourth in the afternoon.

But Rosberg led the way once again in the final session before qualifying with a lap of one minute 35.940 seconds, 0.108 secs in front of Mark Webber’s Red Bull in second place.

Having finished second behind Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the second session, Felipe Massa showed the improved performance of his car by posting the third best time with a lap of 1:36.089.

The Toyota pair of Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock were fourth and fifth respectively while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel – who will be penalised 10 spots on the grid for the race after his collision with Robert Kubica in Melbourne - was sixth.

After topping yesterday afternoon’s practice, Raikkonen could only clock the seventh best time with a lap of 1:36:322 with Kazuki Nakajima eighth in the second Williams.

Rubens Barrichello, who will be moved back five spots on the grid for changing his gearbox yesterday, suffered a moment when a large puff of smoke was seen coming out of the back of his Brawn GP.

But the Brazilian managed to bring his car into the pits after recording the ninth best time with team-mate Jenson Button, the Australian Grand Prix winner, one place behind in 10th.

Kubica was 11th in his BMW Sauber while defending world champion Lewis Hamilton failed to shine once again as he and McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen finished 12th and 13th respectively.

Former double world champion Fernando Alonso, who has been suffering from a high temperature and ear infection this week, was 14th in his Renault.

More in this Section

Tottenham need to back up Red Star Belgrade triumph in Premier League – KaneTottenham need to back up Red Star Belgrade triumph in Premier League – Kane

England stamp out penalties with training-ground regimeEngland stamp out penalties with training-ground regime

Wales and South Africa’s route to the Rugby World Cup semi-finalsWales and South Africa’s route to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals

England and New Zealand’s route to the Rugby World Cup semi-finalsEngland and New Zealand’s route to the Rugby World Cup semi-finals


Lifestyle

Antibiotics will not speed up recovery from a viral infection and can make the child feel worse, says Dr Phil KieranBattling bacteria: The pros and cons of giving antibiotics to children

I had to turn off Dublin Murders with 15 minutes to go. We were watching the first episode because I had to review it the following day for the Today Show on RTÉ.Learner Dad: 'I like to see myself as relaxed but I’m obviously bottling up a fair few anxieties'

Purchasing a thatched cottage was a decision that would change Liam Broderick’s life. Kya deLongchamps meets the long-time thatcherMade in Munster: Meet Cork thatcher Liam Broderick

We take a trip back through the Wolves singer’s most major fashion moments.As Selena Gomez surprises fans with new music, these are some of her best style moments

More From The Irish Examiner