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Vettel fastest in first practice at Australian GP

Mar 14, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

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Sebastian Vettel found himself in a familiar spot to start the Formula One season — in front of the rest of the field. But just barely.

The 2012 champion was 0.078 seconds quicker than Felipe Massa, whose Ferrari teammate Fernando Alonso was third, giving Vettel and Red Bull something to watch later Friday in practice for the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne.

Lewis Hamilton, making his first appearance for Mercedes, was fourth fastest.

The second practice session will provide slightly more insight into how Sunday’s race will fare, given that Saturday’s forecast calls for rain, affecting FP3 and qualifying. The race is expected to be dry.

Complete results of first practice:

1. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull, 16 laps, 1 minute, 27.211 seconds.

2. Felipe Massa, Brazil, Ferrari, 17, 1.27.289.

3. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Ferrari, 16, 1.27.547.

4. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, Mercedes, 18, 1.27.552.

5. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 18, 1.27.668.

6. Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Lotus, 17, 1.27.877.

7. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes, 17, 1.26.013.

8. Adrian Sutil, Germany, Force India, 19, 1.26.426.

9. Jenson Button, Britain, McLaren, 19, 1.26.440.

10. Romain Grosjean, France, Lotus, 15, 1.26.520.

11. Sergio Perez, Mexico, McLaren, 19, 1.26.597.

12. Nico Hulkenberg, Germany, Sauber, 19, 1.26.786.

13. Paul di Resta, Britain, Force India, 18, 1.26.910.

14. Pastor Maldonado, Venezuela, Williams, 20, 1.27.443.

15. Valtteri Bottas, Finland, Williams, 19, 1.29.443.

16. Esteban Gutierrez, Mexico, Sauber, 17, 1.30.203.

17. Jean-Eric Vergne, France, Toro Rosso, 17, 1.30.729.

18. Daniel Ricciardo, Australia, Toro Rosso, 19, 1.30.969.

19. Jules Bianchi, France, Marussia, 24, 1.31.176.

20. Max Chilton, Britain, Marussia, 23, 1.32.176.

21. Charles Pic, France, Caterham, 21, 1.32.274.

22. Giedo van der Garde, Netherlands, Caterham, 18, 1.32.388.

  1. apexassassin - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    Why is Kimi’s name in bold?

    No mention of which tire compounds where used?

    Too bad it wasn’t shown live on NBCSports. :( :( :(

    No one turned a lap for 40 minutes and then everyone came out, most did about 10 laps, I think all were on Medium tires. Di Resta had an off and so did Massa, both at turn 5 the slippery surface flag being deployed after Massa’s incident. Caterham and Van der Garde had the only obvious mechanical failure, which was steering related.

    Bianchi and Marussia dueling with Toro’s too.

    Soooo excited for F1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • apexassassin - Mar 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM

      10 lap stints +/-, not 10 laps total. :)

  2. jg167 - Mar 15, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    NBC is leaving the timing and scoring list up throughout the broadcast (except for replays) and it is not all the way at the left edge but too far toward the center which I find very annoying. When showing the camera that is just above the drivers head, the front left tire is completely obscured.

    • bsnapp24 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      I totally agree. What’s the point of watching racing when you can’t see the car?

  3. randominternetpunter - Mar 15, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    16:9 graphics on the broadcast please.

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