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SEPANG, Malaysia---Lewis Hamilton fired
the latest shot in the close Formula One
title fight against Nico Rosberg by edging
his Mercedes teammate and setting the
fastest time in yesterday s practice for the
Malaysian Grand Prix.
Rosberg had bettered Hamilton in every
on-track session in the previous race in Sin-
gapore en route to a third successive win
that saw him reclaim the lead in the drivers
championship, but Hamilton responded in
the steamy conditions at the Sepang Inter-
His best lap time of 1 minute, 34.944 sec-
onds was almost a quarter of a second better
than that of Rosberg as temperatures on the
resurfaced track climbed past 58 degrees
It was briefly much hotter than that in pit
lane, where a fire engulfed the Renault of
Kevin Magnussen, causing the first practice
session to be red-flagged.
A fuel leak, which could not be stopped
for several minutes, saw the fire repeatedly
re-ignite despite the efforts of team mechanics
and track marshalls, who doused the car in
huge volumes of extinguisher foam.
Magnussen sprang from the car when the
flames began to lick at the cockpit, and was
Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi
Raikkonen were third and fourth fastest, both
within a second of Hamilton s time, while
Red Bull s Max Verstappen was fifth and
Force India s Sergio Perez sixth.
The fastest laps of Hamilton and Rosberg
indicated that today s qualifying session will
again likely be a shootout between the two
Mercedes drivers. However Ferrari and Red
Bull were both enthusiastic about their per-
formance on their long runs, which simulate
race pace with heavier fuel loads and long
stints on the same tires.
McLaren driver Fernando Alonso was sev-
enth on the timesheets, but will start from
the back of the grid on Sunday due to penal-
ties for installing a newly developed power
unit, which he used on Friday. (AP)
Hamilton tops hot and fiery practice in Malaysia
United States' Patrick Reed reacts after making a
putt and winning his match 3 & 2 on the 16th hole
during a foresomes match at the Ryder Cup golf
tournament yesterday, at Hazeltine National Golf
Club in Chaska, Minn. AP PHOTO
CHASKA, Minn---The Americans played Friday
morning as if maybe they are the best team ever
Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed set the tone, Rickie
Fowler finally won a match and the Americans got
this Ryder Cup off to a red and rousing start at Hazel-
tine with the first sweep of the opening session by
either side since 1975.
This was just what the Americans---wearing red
shirts and navy slacks---needed to try to avoid a record
fourth straight loss, and the 4-0 start was fitting.
That 1975 team had Arnold Palmer as the captain,
and the King s golf bag from that Ryder Cup was on
the first tee as a tribute.
"With everything going on---me not having a point
and Phil being a big part of getting the players a lot
more involved to Arnie passing and him being a huge
part of the week, this is big for us," Fowler said.
Mickelson was the catalyst behind a task force
geared toward getting the players more involved. US
captain Davis Love III was surprisingly bold last week
when he said the message to his players would be
that they comprised "the best golf team maybe ever
The 1981 team, with 11 major champions, is con-
sidered the best ever. That team was the last to sweep
a session (Saturday afternoon fourballs).
Europe had to pick itself up for Friday afternoon
Spieth and Reed might have delivered the most
critical point against Henrik Stenson and Justin Rose,
who were undefeated two years ago at Gleneagles.
Spieth rolled in a birdie putt on the second hole, and
the US never trailed the rest of the way. Europe won
only one hole at No 9 to cut the deficit to 2 down.
Momentum didn t last, though, as Reed rolled in a
10-foot putt to halve the 10th hole and Spieth made
a tricky 12-foot birdie putt on the 11th for another
The middle foursomes matches turned a tight start
into a sweep.
Rory McIlroy did his part, rolling in a pair of birdie
putts on the 13th and 14th holes for a 2-up lead with
four to play. Andy Sullivan, one of six European rookies,
chipped far too strong on the 15th that led to bogey.
And with the match all square at the par-3 17th and
Fowler about 10 feet away, Sullivan found the water.
McIlroy missed a tough 20-foot putt on the 18th that
would have halved the match.
Jimmy Walker and Zach Johnson bogeyed the open-
ing two holes, but Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer
couldn t take advantage. Europe led for 10 straight
holes until a bogey on the 12th squared the match,
and the Americans poured it on. They birdied the
next two, won the 15th with a par and closed out the
sweep with a birdie on the 16th for a 4-and-2 victory.
Europe to start Ryder Cup
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