McLaren keep Webber honest in Malaysia FP2

Mark Webber continues to head the timesheets in Malaysia, but was followed closely by the McLarens of Button and Hamilton.

The Red Bull was only 0.005 seconds faster than Button, as Friday Practice 2 concluded. Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel were each one further tenth off.

The rest of the field were an entire second behind the top 4. The two Renault drivers missed the start of the session, as their cars were still being repaired after their wheel failures in FP1. The incidents were attributed to a material batch problem.

Jerome D’Ambrosio never went out on track after his car’s failure in Practice 1.

Pastor Maldonado briefly led proceedings, but spun at pit lane entry and hit the barrier. The damage to his Williams was only minor, and he was able to continue later on.

The only other yellow flag came courtesy of Vitantonio Liuzzi, whose HRT hit a kerb, which seemed to switch off his Cosworth engine.

Times from Malaysia FP2:

Pos  Driver               Team                     Time               Laps
 1.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault         1.36.876           24
 2.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes         1.36.881   0.005   30
 3.  Lewis Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes         1.37.010   0.134   23
 4.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault         1.37.090   0.214   30
 5.  Michael Schumacher   Mercedes                 1.38.088   1.212   26
 6.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari                  1.38.089   1.213   31
 7.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes                 1.38.565   1.689   25
 8.  Nick Heidfeld        Renault                  1.38.570   1.694   16
 9.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari                  1.38.583   1.707   27
10.  Jaime Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1.38.846   1.970   31
11.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Cosworth        1.38.968   2.092   25
12.  Rubens Barrichello   Williams-Cosworth        1.39.187   2.311   30
13.  Vitaly Petrov        Renault                  1.39.267   2.391   17
14.  Kamui Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari           1.39.398   2.522   29
15.  Sergio Perez         Sauber-Ferrari           1.39.603   2.727   34
16.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes     1.39.625   2.749   31
17.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes     1.39.809   2.933   28
18.  Sebastien Buemi      Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1.40.115   3.239   31
19.  Timo Glock           Virgin-Cosworth          1.40.866   3.990   24
20.  Jarno Trulli         Lotus-Renault            1.41.890   5.014   19
21.  Narain Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth             1.43.197   6.321   15
22.  Tonio Liuzzi         HRT-Cosworth             1.43.991   7.115   14
23.  Heikki Kovalainen    Lotus-Renault            1.44.886   8.010    4
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