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.