Vettel edges Ferrari duo in first F1 practice

Sebastian Vettel signing autographs for fans at Albert Park

Sebastian Vettel signing autographs for fans at Albert Park

Sebastian Vettel has opened his campaign for a fourth successive world title in the best possible fashion, topping the time sheets in Practice 1 at Albert Park.

After a typically quiet start to the 90 minute session, Vettel turned up the pace in the final half hour.

The German left the benchmark at 1:27.21s, just 0.01s clear of Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.

Fernando Alonso was third in the second of the Scuederi’s entries, with Lewis Hamilton and local hope Mark Webber completing the top five.

Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Jenson Button and Romain Grosjean filled sixth through 10th.

The session ran green for its duration, despite several testing the grass verges.

Paul di Resta endured the wildest moment, spinning his Force India into the Turrn 6 gravel after touching the grass on entry.

West Australian Daniel Ricciardo was the first to complete a flying lap in the session, but was just 18th by the chequered flag.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos

Driver

Team

Time/Retired

Gap

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.211
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.289 0.078
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.547 0.336
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.552 0.341
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.668 0.457
6 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:27.877 0.666
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.013 0.802
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:28.426 1.215
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.440 1.229
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.520 1.309
11 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.597 1.386
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.786 1.575
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:28.910 1.699
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.443 2.232
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:29.928 2.717
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.203 2.992
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:30.729 3.518
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:30.969 3.758
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.263 4.052
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.176 4.965
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:32.274 5.063
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:32.388 5.177

 

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