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F1 Malaysian GP: Hamilton ahead as Mercedes goes clear in Malaysia

Lewis Hamilton shares the Friday spoils with Nico Rosberg as Mercedes leads the way over Ferrari ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
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Lewis Hamilton has topped the timesheets on the first day of action for the Malaysian Grand Prix as Mercedes stamped its early mark on proceedings around the Sepang International Circuit.

A return to one of the three venues Mercedes failed to win at in 2015, the W07 has nonetheless been the class of the field today in Malaysia, with Hamilton reversing positions with FP1 pace setter Nico Rosberg to lead another 1-2 for the 'Silver Arrows' in the afternoon.

The only driver to crack 1min 35s, Hamilton's time of 1min 34.944secs was two tenths faster than his title-rivalling team-mate, with Sebastian Vettel following up in third place and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth as Ferrari established itself behind Mercedes and ahead of Red Bull.

Having focused primarily on race set-up over the course of the day, Red Bull followed up in fifth and eighth, Max Verstappen ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, with Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso getting Force India and McLaren into the top ten mix between them.

Nico Hulkenberg and Jenson Button completed solid starts to the weekend for the aforementioned teams by completing the top ten, with Carlos Sainz and Jolyon Palmer 11th and 12th in the best of the Toro Rossos and Renaults.

Having seen his car go up in flames in FP1, Kevin Magnussen did get back out on course in his Renault, completing 19 precious laps to set the 19th fastest time.

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