Vet­tel smashes Sepang lap record dur­ing prac­tice

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Se­bas­tian Vet­tel smashed the all­time Sepang lap record yes­ter­day ahead of team­mate Kimi Raikko­nen as Fer­rari set the pace on the open­ing day of prac­tice for the Malaysian For­mula One Grand Prix. Vet­tel’s bench­mark of 1min 31.261sec, the fastest ever around the 5.5-kilo­me­ter track, was set in the sec­ond 90-minute ses­sion in the af­ter­noon, which was brought to an early halt after a loose drain cover caused a heavy crash for Ro­main Gros­jean. The Fer­rari driver’s cham­pi­onship lead­ing ti­tle ri­val Lewis Hamil­ton was only the sixth fastest in the af­ter­noon, as he had been in the first ses­sion, ahead of team­mate Valt­teri Bot­tas with both Mercedes driv­ers re­port­ing a gen­eral lack of grip.

Fer­rari’s dis­play yes­ter­day and Mercedes’ strug­gles will be wel­comed by Vet­tel who trails Hamil­ton by 28 points in the overall stand­ings with just six races left.

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