Vettel dominates opening practice at new Texas circuit

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Sebastian Vettel has dominated the opening practice sessions for the inaugural United States Grand Prix at the new Circuit of the Americas facility.

The Red Bull Racing star was the clear leader, beating Lewis Hamilton in the first session by almost 1.5 seconds, before leading Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber by 0.75s.

Vettel set his time in the second session when conditions were at their best, with the track temperature up as high as 30 degrees, compared to the 18 degrees of the morning session.

The speed of the German is a worrying sign for his rivals, particularly title rival Fernando Alonso, with Vettel in a position to wrap up the crown in the penultimate round this weekend.

Alonso was a close third to Webber in the second session ahead of the McLaren pair of Hamilton and Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg, Bruno Senna, Kamui Kobayashi and Michael Schumacher, competing in his second last F1 race.

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.125 30
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.543 1.418 28
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:40.337 2.212 29
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.528 2.403 29
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.650 2.525 30
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:40.966 2.841 26
7 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:41.023 2.898 29
8 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.036 2.911 28
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.159 3.034 32
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:41.473 3.348 29
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.783 3.658 29
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:41.825 3.700 28
13 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:41.833 3.708 29
14 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:41.880 3.755 23
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:41.998 3.873 27
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:42.539 4.414 30
17 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:42.588 4.463 25
18 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.288 5.163 23
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:43.443 5.318 28
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:43.522 5.397 23
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:44.464 6.339 24
22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:44.548 6.423 29
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:46.917 8.792 13
24 23 Qing Hua Ma HRT-Cosworth 1:48.559 10.434 19

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:37.718 17
2 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:38.475 0.757 36
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:38.483 0.765 35
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.748 1.030 31
5 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.786 1.068 32
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:39.029 1.311 33
7 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:39.448 1.730 32
8 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:39.531 1.813 38
9 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:39.653 1.935 36
10 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:40.115 2.397 30
11 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:40.166 2.448 32
12 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:40.230 2.512 35
13 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:40.286 2.568 32
14 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:40.326 2.608 35
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:40.435 2.717 30
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:40.516 2.798 32
17 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:40.700 2.982 34
18 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:41.430 3.712 35
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:42.476 4.758 38
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:42.652 4.934 33
21 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:42.846 5.128 38
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:43.538 5.820 38
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:44.453 6.735 16
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:45.114 7.396 20

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