Red Bulls on top after Practice 1

Vettel topped Practice 1 in Shanghai

Vettel topped Practice 1 in Shanghai

Red Bull Racing duo Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have ended the frist practice session for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix on top of the time sheets.

Vettel’s best time of 1:38.7s was a staggering 2.1s quicker than the fastest non-Red Bull entry, driven by Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton’s McLaren team-mate Jenson Button followed in fourth, ahead of Renault’s Nick Heidfeld.

Heidfeld lost time in the final 30 minutes of the session by damaging his car in a Turn 10 off.

Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez, Pastor Maldonado, Vitaly Petrov and Sebastien Buemi rounded out the top 10.

Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso was just 12th fastest after spending the session completing aerodynamic tests.

West Australian Daniel Ricciardo was 16th in Jaime Alguesuari’s Toro Rosso – just 0.6s behind team-mate Sebastien Buemi.

See below for the session results

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m38.739s
2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m39.354s 0.615
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.845s 2.106
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.940s 2.201
5 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m40.987s 2.248
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.046s 2.307
7 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m41.189s 2.450
8 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m41.222s 2.483
9 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m41.231s 2.492
10 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.328s 2.589
11 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.361s 2.622
12 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.434s 2.695
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m41.494s 2.755
14 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m41.579s 2.840
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m41.610s 2.871
16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m41.752s 3.013
17 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m41.939s 3.200
18 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m42.301s 3.562
19 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m43.792s 5.053
20 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.089s 5.350
21 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m44.359s 5.620
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m44.438s 5.699
23 Luiz Razia Lotus-Renault 1m44.542s 5.803
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m45.019s 6.280


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