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SEPANG---Lewis Hamilton found a new way to
demonstrate Mercedes domination of Formula One
by sitting out two thirds of yesterday s practice
sessions for the Malaysian Grand Prix and yet was
still the fastest.
The period spent cooling his heels in the garage,
out of the fierce tropical heat, was not of Hamilton's
choosing. The car developed a problem with its
engine inlets very early in morning practice, and it
took the crew three hours to fix, costing him the
first 40 minutes of afternoon practice, too.
He then went out on track and almost immediately
set the top time at the Sepang International Circuit,
and later said that was not representative of the true
pace he should achieve today and tomorrow.
That would be depressing news for Ferrari's Kimi
Raikkonen, who was a third of a second behind
Hamilton in second place on the timesheets, and
Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg, who was third.
"It was an amazing job by the guys to get me back
out this afternoon, particularly here in such tough
conditions," Hamilton said.
"In terms of setup, I didn't have time to make any
changes, I just went with what we brought over from
the last race. It's probably quite a bit off where I'll
eventually want it, so there's definitely improvements
to be made."
Rosberg set the best time in morning practice, in
Hamilton's absence, but struggled on the softer tire
in the afternoon. He struggled even more with the
weather. He has had so much trouble with sweat
getting in his eyes that he has had to call upon his
old plan of using a women's sanitary towel on his
forehead when driving. Track temperatures soared
past 60 degrees (140 F), hotter than at any circuit
last year, and literally hot enough to fry an egg.
"The conditions are really crazy out there," Rosberg
said. "The temperatures are really unbelievable."
The heat contributed to high levels of tire degra-
dation, which looms as a key factor in Sunday's race.
Pirelli boss Paul Hembery said he anticipated at least
two, and perhaps three, pit-stops in the race, unlike
the one in Australia.
Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat was fourth quickest, but
he and teammate Daniel Ricciardo (10th) suffered
yet more problems with their Renault engine.
On the positive side, Ricciardo said "the bulk of
the drivability issues we had in Melbourne are a lot
better now," and Kvyat's time
was half a second off Hamilton's,
which represented a big step
forward from Australia. Williams
drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe
Massa were fifth and sixth,
ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vet-
tel, Toro Rosso's 17-year-old
Max Verstappen, and Sauber's
Fernando Alonso made his
first appearance in his second
stint at McLaren, having skipped
the opening race due to lingering
effects from a preseason crash.
The good news was he edged
teammate Jenson Button, but
the bad news was they were
down in 16th and 17th as the
team struggles with new engine
"We are a long way away
from where we need to be, and
it's not a positive change," a frus-
trated Button barked down the
team radio. The Manor team,
which did not even get on track
in the season opener in Australia
as it ran out of time to prepare
its cars and computer systems,
also made a belated season
debut. Will Stevens was almost
six seconds slower than Hamil-
ton, and Roberto Mehri was 7.5
seconds off the best time, but
the team did enough to indicate
it might be within seven percent
of Saturday's pole team, and be
able to race on Sunday.
"On what has essentially been
a shakedown and practice day
--- which the other teams com-
pleted a couple of months ago
--- we've achieved 34 laps of reli-
able running and that is a really
good effort when one considers
the problems teams typically
encounter on the opening day
of running a car," team principal
John Booth said. "We were also
encouraged by our early pace in
relation to the 107 percent rule."
Hamilton cool with engine problem
...tops Malaysian practice
Mercedes driver Lewis
MILWAUKEE---Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high
34 points as the Milwaukee Bucks held off the
Indiana Pacers 111-107 on Thursday night.
Khris Middleton added 17 points and Giannis
Antetokounmpo had 16 for the Bucks, who have
won two straight after ending a six-game losing
George Hill missed a potential tying 3-pointer
in the closing seconds for Indiana.
CJ Miles scored 26 points, Hill added 24 and CJ
Watson had 23 for the Pacers. They were without
forward David West because of an allergic reac-
Milwaukee jumped on Indiana early and led by
double-digits for most of the game until the Pacers
began to chip away in the fourth quarter, thanks
in large part to a flurry of 3-pointers by Hill.
Hill hit three three-pointers in under three min-
utes, the third of which cut Milwaukee's lead to
two with 5:41 remaining. But Michael Carter-
Williams hit a driving layup and was fouled, hitting
the free throw to complete the three-point play.
Middleton then hit a three-pointer, putting the
Bucks up 100-92.
Indiana came back again, cutting the lead back
to three on a three-pointer by Watson and a driving
layup by Luis Scola. (AP)
Ilyasova scores 34 points,
Bucks beat Pacers 111-107
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