Mercedes slammed their opposition during Saturday’s final free practice session in Sepang, as Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton finished well ahead of the rest of the field.

Nico_Rosberg-Malaysian_GP-2014-P03Hamilton had initially been fastest on the hard Pirelli with 1m 40.552s, but on the mediums Rosberg seized the initiative with a blistering lap of 1m 39.008s.

Hamilton, who also experienced a problem with his F1 W05’s seat, responded with a 1m 39.240s that left him 0.232s adrift. The Mercedes drivers’ laps redefined the ante after Kimi Raikkonen had gone fastest as the first runner to use the mediums, with a lap of 1m 40.156s for Ferrari.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. 06Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:39.008 13
02. 44United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Scuderia Ferrari 1:39.240 13
03. 07Finland Kimi Raikkonen Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:40.156 13
04. 01Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:40.387 14
05. 27 – Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:40.523 15
06. 03Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:40.686 14
07. 14 - Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:40.736 14
08. 19 – Brazil Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 1:40.781 20
09. 77 – Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing 1:40.891 20
10. 11 – Mexico Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 1:41.029 15
11. 26 – Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.182 18
12. 25 - France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:41.441 18
13. 99 – Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1:41.552 15
14. 21 – Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:42.041 17
15. 08 – France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1:42.749 18
16. 13 – Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team 1:43.539 17
17. 04 – United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:43.977 16
18. 17 – France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:44.170 18
19. 09 – Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 1:44.457 12
20. 10 – Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1:46.015 7
21. 22 – United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren F1 2:05.555 4
22. 20 – Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren F1 no time 5