The second and final 90 minutes of free practice at Sepang on Friday was disrupted late in the session when a rear tyre on Christijan Albers’ orange Spyker car blew.
Although the timing clock continued to tick down, the session was red flagged to clear debris caused by Albers’ flailing right rear, after the Dutchman again proved the slowest car in the field.
When the circuit was re-opened a few minutes later in the incredible Malaysian heat, the Renault V8 aboard Mark Webber’s Red Bull seemed to let go, and the Australian ground to a halt on the inside of turn 9.
It was an otherwise fairly uneventful session, with Ferrari’s Felipe Massa maintaining his dominance, closely followed by the Renaults of Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen.
World champion Fernando Alonso languished in twelfth place.