FP1: Mercedes dominate first Chinese practice


Mercedes AMG F1 Team
12 April 2013 by TF1T Staff | M
          

Mercedes dominated the first Chinese Grand Prix practice session on Friday, with Nico Rosberg topping the timing screens by almost half a second over team-mate Lewis Hamilton in second.

The Red Bull duo came in third and fourth ahead of Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari and the struggling McLaren of Jenson Button in sixth.

Button's team-mate suffered a bizarre accident when he crashed in the pitlane entrance - where Hamilton ended up in 2007 to cost him a race win and the title.

Kimi Raikkonen ran wide and spun across the track at turn nine. He finished 11th quickest come the end of the session.

Former HRT third driver Ma Qing Hua made his debut with Caterham and brought up the rear, just 1.5 seconds slower than team-mate Giedo van der Garde.

FP1 Times - 2013 Chinese Grand Prix:

#DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
01. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.717   21
02. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.171 +0.454 20
03. M. Webber Red Bull 1:37.658 +0.941 21
04. S. Vettel Red Bull 1:37.942 +1.225 20
05. F. Alonso Ferrari 1:37.965 +1.248 17
06. J. Button McLaren 1:38.069 +1.352 24
07. F. Massa Ferrari 1:38.095 +1.378 14
08. A. Sutil Force India 1:38.125 +1.408 21
09. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:38.398 +1.681 17
10. P. di Resta Force India 1:38.561 +1.844 15
11. K. Raikkonen Lotus 1:38.790 +2.073 16
12. J. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:39.057 +2.340 19
13. P. Maldonado Williams 1:39.158 +2.441 22
14. N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:39.180 +2.463 21
15. D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:39.336 +2.619 19
16. S. Perez McLaren 1:39.360 +2.643 20
17. V. Bottas Williams 1:39.392 +2.675 20
18. E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:40.032 +3.315 22
19. J. Bianchi Marussia 1:41.966 +5.249 16
20. M. Chilton Marussia 1:42.056 +5.339 18
21. G. van der Garde Caterham 1:42.083 +5.366 21
22. M. Qing Hua Caterham 1:43.545 +6.828 20

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