Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Vettel edged out by Raikkonen in practice

Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen edges out Sebastian Vettel to top the timesheets in second practice

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Sebastian Vettel in practice action at Sepang Photo: Getty Images/Red Bull Racing

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Kimi Raikkonen edged out Sebastian Vettel to top the timesheets in second practice at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver, who won last weekend’s season-opening race in Melbourne, was just 0.019 of Red Bull’s defending world champion at Sepang.

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso were third and fourth, while Red Bull’s Mark Webber was fifth from Lotus’s Romain Grosjean.

Jenson Button continued to struggle in his McLaren, ending the second practice session in 12th place.

Vettel said: “I think it was unusual today as in the second session one part of the track was pretty wet and the other was dry – but it all dried out quite fast, as it was so hot.

“This afternoon we couldn’t do so much due to the weather, but this morning it looked OK, although the tyres don’t last very long! We need to try a couple of things now overnight to improve and take a step forwards.”

Webber added: “It was a pretty smooth run for us today, but we need to improve and keep finding pace. The slicks were not too bad in those conditions and the crossover point looks quite interesting.”

Malaysian Grand Prix 2013: Second practice times

1. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin), Lotus – 1 minute, 36.569 seconds

2. Sebastian Vettel (Ger), Red Bull – 1:36.588

3. Felipe Massa (Brz), Ferrari – 1:36.661

4. Fernando Alonso (Spa), Ferrari – 1:36.985

5. Mark Webber (Aus), Red Bull – 1:37.026

6. Romain Grosjean (Fra), Lotus – 1:37.206

7. Nico Rosberg (Ger), Mercedes – 1:37.448

8. Paul di Resta (GB), Force India – 1:37.571

9. Lewis Hamilton (GB), Mercedes – 1:37.574

10. Adrian Sutil (Ger), Force India – 1:37.788

11. Sergio Perez (Mex), McLaren – 1.37.838

12. Jenson Button (GB), McLaren, 1:37.865

13. Nico Hulkenberg (Ger), Sauber, 1.38.068

14. Esteban Gutierrez (Mex), Sauber, 1.38.645

15. Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra), Toro Rosso – 1.38.738

16. Pastor Maldonado (Ven), Williams – 1:38.801

17. Daniel Ricciardo (Aus), Toro Rosso – 1.38.904

18. Jules Bianchi (Fra), Marussia, 1.39.508

19. Valtteri Bottas (Fin), Williams – 1.39.660

20. Charles Pic (Fra), Caterham – 1.40.757

21. Giedo van der Garde (Ned), Caterham – 1.40.768

22. Max Chilton (GB), Marussia – 1.41.438

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