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Lewis Hamilton tops opening Shanghai session

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Friday 13th April, 2012 - 1:38pm

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Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton topped the times in Chinese opening practice

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton topped the times in Chinese opening practice

Team Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver, Lewis Hamilton has topped the opening practice session for the Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai setting a 1:37.106, over a second faster than Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1’s Nico Rosberg.

In a session that was conducted in damp conditions with intermittent rain falling, Australia’s Mark Webber managed a time sixth quickest for Red Bull Racing and Daniel Ricciardo finished his first Chinese practice session within the top 10 in ninth aboard his Scuderia Toro Rosso.

There were no problems for Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen despite setting the final time of the field. The team reports it elected to send Raikkonen out on a set of intermediate tyres and obtain learnings on a damp race circuit.

Michael Schumacher backed up Rosberg’s time in third placing and the good form of Sauber F1 Team continued with Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi taking their Ferrari powered machines to fourth and fifth respectively.

Ferrari hasn’t struck back with any amazing form, sitting outside the top 10 – World Championship leader Fernando Alonso in 11th and Felipe Massa 12th.

1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m37.106
2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.116s + 1.010
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m38.316s + 1.210
4. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.584s + 1.478
5. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m38.911s + 1.805
6. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m38.977s + 1.871
7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m39.198s + 2.092
8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m39.199s + 2.093
9. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.748s + 2.642
10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m39.768s + 2.662
11.
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
1m40.056s
+ 2.950
12. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m40.153s + 3.047
13. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m40.298s + 3.192
14. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m40.328s + 3.222
15. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m40.540s + 3.434
16. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m41.071s + 3.965
17. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m41.204s + 4.098
18. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m42.330s + 5.224
19. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m42.521s + 5.415
20. Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1m44.118s + 7.012
21. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m44.227s + 7.121
22. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m44.500s + 7.394
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m47.204s + 10.098
24. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m50.465s + 13.359

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