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Friday analysis - Mercedes' competition closes in

The first two free practice sessions in Malaysia were run in consistent conditions on a dry track and with ambient temperatures as high as 37 degrees Celsius. Generally high reliability enabled most teams to familiarise themselves with Pirelli’s hard and medium tyres and to do race-simulation running. As in Australia, Mercedes led the way, but with a seemingly much reduced advantage. We take a team-by-team look at day one in Kuala Lumpur…MercedesNico Rosberg, 1m 41.028s, P3/1m 39.909s, P1Lewis Hamilton, 1m 40.691s, P1/1m 40.051s, P4Mercedes had few problems as both cars proved quick and reliable, and were fastest in both sessions. Ferrari and Red Bull were closer than one might...
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