Vettel clocked 1 minute 32.261 seconds on the circuit. REUTERS/Edgar Su
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Sebastian Vettel smashed the all-time Sepang lap record Friday as Ferrari put the pressure on Lewis Hamilton before a track fault brought an early halt to Malaysian Grand Prix practice. Vettel clocked 1 minute 31.261 seconds around the 5.543-kilometer circuit on his qualifying simulation run in the second session to smash the old record of 1:32.50 set by Fernando Alonso in 2005 .Hamilton did manage to avoid beaching the car and was able to limp back to the pits, where his mechanics removed the nose and started making frantic changes to the set-up.When he did re-emerge with 40 minutes of the session remaining his car appeared still to be handling erratically, and his first timed lap was fully 1.4 seconds down on Vettel.Vettel was only fifth quickest in the morning, four-tenths behind Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
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