Malaysian Grand Prix – All the Action from Free Practice 1

Round 2 of the Formula 1 World Championship kicked off today on a scorching morning in Kuala Lumpur, with a solid performance from Lotus F1 Team yielding top 10 placings and a good number of laps completed.
At almost exactly 10:00 local time, the Lotus F1 Team E20s roared into life as both Kimi and Romain launched out of the garage for the customary install lap. Sporting matching sets of Pirelli’s hard compound tyres, the drivers ran through each turn with the engineers before heading back to base, completing an oil dip, and parking up.
24 minutes into the session, Kimi surged straight to the top of the leaderboard with a time of 1:39.128 on his first flying lap. The Finn would go on to complete a total of 6 laps during his first run before returning to the pit lane and completing a practice launch.
Unfortunately for Romain, his day did not get off to such a flying start as he boxed the car before setting a competitive time after complaining of an unsettled rear end. Thankfully there turned out to be no related issues, and his E20 was able to emerge once more after being thoroughly checked over by the mechanics.
Both drivers hit the track in formation for their second stints at the halfway point of the session. Romain immediately proved that the earlier setback had not affected his confidence by jumping straight into the top five with a 1:38.919 during a 7 lap run, while Kimi stayed out for a longer stint to end his run with the highest number of laps completed at the time – 17 in total.
Having run through just 10 laps up to that point, Romain lit up the rear tyres and flung his E20 back out onto the Sepang International Circuit with 20 minutes to go. Kimi followed suit around 6 minutes later, both once again opting for the harder compound tyre.
These proved to be the final runs for both drivers, as Romain brought his car home for a well-earned break, shortly followed by his team-mate who stopped on his marks for a practice pit stop to round off the session.
As the chequered flag dropped, both Lotus F1 Team pilots sat safely inside the top 10; Romain in 5th place with a best lap of 1:38.919 from 17 laps, and Kimi in 7th with a fastest time of 1:39.128 from 22 laps

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