Rosberg quickest as rain threatens
24 March 2012 – Mercedes GP driver Nico Rosberg topped final practice in Sepang this afternoon, outpacing Sebastian Vettel by almost half a second with a time of 1:36.877. Mark Webber wound up in third place, while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton endured an off-track moment and completed just eight laps as the rain clouds loomed.
The Red Bulls of Vettel and Webber enjoyed a much more constructive time on-track this time out, putting their Friday struggles behind them to finish well up the order in second and third respectively. The Lotus pairing of Kimi Räikkönen and Romain Grosjean also looked very comfortable in fourth and fifth, despite a fire in the team's hospitality area in the early hours of the morning due to a faulty fridge.
Michael Schumacher and Maldonado split the McLaren duo in seventh and eighth, while Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi rounded out the top ten. Fernando Alonso led Ferrari's currently timid charge in 13th, with team-mate Felipe Massa managing no more than 18th, almost a full second behind the Spaniard. At the back of the field, Vitaly Petrov got one over on fellow Caterham driver Heikki Kovalainen, while HRT pairing Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan both managed more than ten laps.
Qualifying starts at 4pm local time (BST +8) and can also be tracked through the interactive GPUpdate.net Live Report