Mark Webber’s run to the top of the time sheets in opening Malaysia practice was clearly no fluke.
The Australian driver was quick throughout the session and set the track on fire with a lightning fast lap time of 1 minute and 36.651 seconds.
Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel, Webber’s Red Bull teammate, improved from 17th in P1 to fourth in P2 but trailed Webber by .335. Michael Schumacher, more than a second behind the leading Red Bull RB7, ran third for Mercedes.
Renault were in the wars. After Heidfeld had set the early pace with that 1m 40.525s, his R31’s right front wheel seized due to a suspected suspension problem and he limped the whole lap back to the pits from which he did not emerge again.