Kimi Raikkonen showed that his McLaren does have its fair share of fighting power as he toppled the dominant Ferraris in the second practice session today ahead of Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix.

Kimi Raikkonen showed that his McLaren does have its fair share of fighting power as he toppled the dominant Ferraris in the second practice session today ahead of Sunday’s Malaysian grand prix.

The Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello looked set to repeat their opening performance at Melbourne’s Albert Park when they captured the top two spots in the first free practice session. Lap times for the drivers were 1:34,437 and 1:35,380 respectively.

But McLaren, which suffered much criticism after Raikkonen failed to finish the previous race and team-mate David Coulthard finished in eighth place, took one great step to redeeming itself today.

The Michelin tyres, said to favour the sizzling conditions, helped Raikkonen to set a time of 1:34,395 seconds. This left Michael Schumacher and his Bridgestones to finish in fourth place. Earlier this week, he came out in defence of the Bridgestone’s abilities, saying the tyres would be “excellent” at Sepang.

Brother Ralf finished the session in second place with the Jaguar of Mark Webber in third.

Ralf Schumacher’s Williams team-mate, Juan Pablo Montoya, finished fifth ahead of the Renault of Spain’s Fernando Alonso. Sauber driver Felipe Massa was seventh and the remaining Renault, piloted by Jarno Trulli, eighth.

Coulthard could only muster a ninth finish while Barrichello in the second Ferrari completed the top 10.

BAR-Honda driver Takuma Sato damaged his car without completing a lap when he was pitched into a barrier after something apparently failed at the rear of his car.

Toyota’s Cristiano da Matta avoided any damage to his car after a spin at turn 14. He was forced to abandon his car when he got stuck in the gravel trap.

The practice times results are varied, and this race could be the perfect time for teams to test the Scuderia’s confidence in Bridgestone and start the ‘real’ championship. Schumacher claimed pole position in four of the five grands prix held at Sepang but hasn’t won there since 2001. Raikkonen was last year's winner.

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