Vettel smashes Sepang lap record during practice
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.