Trulli Fastest in Practice 4 - Malaysia

Jarno Trulli put Toyota on top of the timesheets in the final practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix, when he set the fastest time of the weekend ahead of Saturday's first qualifying session

Trulli Fastest in Practice 4 - Malaysia

Italian Trulli set a time of 1:32.832 to finish 0.038 seconds ahead of Austrian Red Bull Racing driver Christian Klien as the lead contenders took second stage in Sepang on Saturday morning.

Spaniard Fernando Alonso finished third fastest, just 0.010 off the pace of Klien, with Ralf Schumacher fourth fastest to ensure Toyota had their two cars in the top four runners.

Scot David Coulthard made it a good morning for Red Bull when he finished fifth fastest just ahead of Australian Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella, who finished sixth for Renault.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh for McLaren with Williams duo Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber finishing close together in eighth and ninth places respectively.

World Champion Michael Schumacher finished down in 16th place; Anthony Davidson, who replaces ill BAR driver Takuma Sato this weekend, finished in 10th place while his teammate Jenson Button failed to set a time.

Ralf Schumacher was the first to set a time in the session with a lap of 1:35.301 but he was immediately beaten by Kimi Raikkonen then his teammate Trulli pushed him down to third.

Coulthard made a mistake and went off at turn 11 after 14 minutes, the same turn that claimed Rubens Barrichello on Friday, and Alonso topped the times as temperatures rose to 32 degrees Celsius halfway through the session.

Schumacher stepped up the pace to move ahead with a lap 0.210 seconds faster than Alonso's but the session was stopped when Fisichella, winner in Australia, spun off after 16 minutes at turns 12 and 13.

The Italian driver lost control on a flying lap, ran wide and bumped over the kerbs and into the gravel trap. He lost his front wing in the process and had to abandon his car and sit out the rest of the session.

The session restarted after a break of six minutes but Briton Button was notable by his absence as the team were seen inspecting the car after smoke was emitted from his engine at the end of the first session.

Raikkonen moved to the top soon after the restart but Trulli moved ahead with 20 minutes of the session completed with a time more than a second faster than the previous best of the weekend.

Villeneuve had an off at the final corner with 27 minutes gone but he was able to continue and headed straight back down the pitlane then Heidfeld went off at turn two and also returned to the pits.

Klien then moved up to second place behind Trulli while Heidfeld and Juan Pablo Montoya, who eventually finished 11th for McLaren, both spun in the dying stages of the session.

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time                  Laps
 1.  Trulli        Toyota            (M)  1:32.832               12
 2.  Klien         Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:32.870  +    0.038    9
 3.  Alonso        Renault           (M)  1:32.880  +    0.048   11
 4.  R.Schumacher  Toyota            (M)  1:32.951  +    0.119   11
 5.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Cosworth (M)  1:33.092  +    0.260   10
 6.  Fisichella    Renault           (M)  1:33.194  +    0.362    8
 7.  Raikkonen     McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:33.349  +    0.517   12
 8.  Heidfeld      Williams-BMW      (M)  1:33.468  +    0.636    5
 9.  Webber        Williams-BMW      (M)  1:33.517  +    0.685   10
10.  Davidson      BAR-Honda         (M)  1:33.580  +    0.748   15
11.  Montoya       McLaren-Mercedes  (M)  1:33.689  +    0.857   10
12.  Barrichello   Ferrari           (B)  1:33.943  +    1.111   11
13.  Massa         Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:34.002  +    1.170   10
14.  M.Schumacher  Ferrari           (B)  1:34.102  +    1.270   10
15.  Villeneuve    Sauber-Petronas   (M)  1:35.532  +    2.700    9
16.  Monteiro      Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:37.824  +    4.992   10
17.  Karthikeyan   Jordan-Toyota     (B)  1:38.126  +    5.294    8
18.  Albers        Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:38.673  +    5.841   12
19.  Friesacher    Minardi-Cosworth  (B)  1:38.974  +    6.142   12
20.  Button        BAR-Honda         (M)  No Time                  

All timing unofficial
shares
comments
Alonso Fastest in Practice 3 - Malaysia
Previous article

Alonso Fastest in Practice 3 - Malaysia

Next article

Jani, Speed to Test for Red Bull

Jani, Speed to Test for Red Bull
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Plus

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Autosport in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Plus

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Plus

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star Plus

The physical focus bringing out the best of an F1 midfield star

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s team-mate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy Plus

How Red Bull's dynamic leader shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Plus

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Plus

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Plus

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022