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Thursday 17 August 2017

Ferrari to the fore early on

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Ferrari's continued resurgence in Formula One was evident yesterday with both cars looking competitive in the first two practice sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen chased home the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in the morning and repeated the feat behind the German's team mate Lewis Hamilton in the afternoon, trailing both by identical 0.373-second margins at a circuit where he has won twice before.

Sebastian Vettel also looked far closer to the Mercedes duo than he did in finishing a distant third, more than 30 seconds adrift, on an otherwise impressive debut with the Italian outfit at the season-opening race in Australia two weeks ago.

The German was third in the first practice session but spun off at Turn 11 in the second when he was on course for a quick lap.

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