Mar 14, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT
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.
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.
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Apr 18, 2015, 9:02 AM EDT
The defending world champion edges out Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg in FP3 ahead of qualifying later today.
Apr 18, 2015, 7:45 AM EDT
Mercedes and Ferrari continue to exchange blows in Bahrain, but who will get the upper hand ahead of qualifying?
Apr 17, 2015, 9:16 PM EDT
Ricky Taylor, Bill Auberlen secure pole positions for Round 3 of TUDOR Championship season in Long Beach.
Apr 17, 2015, 9:00 PM EDT
Some good banter between Simon Pagenaud and Will Power occurs during post-practice press conference, as the two laugh off their contact here last year.
Apr 17, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT
Power leads second practice in Long Beach.
Apr 17, 2015, 7:00 PM EDT
Five in a row for the McLaren junior driver as he starts the 2015 season in style.
Apr 17, 2015, 6:00 PM EDT
Ferrari’s long run pace suggests that Mercedes may not have it all its own way on Sunday.
Apr 17, 2015, 5:41 PM EDT
More from INDYCAR has been released regarding aero kit updates.
Apr 17, 2015, 4:45 PM EDT
Red Bull Global Rallycross rolls out a series of announcements for media day, Thursday in Long Beach.
Apr 17, 2015, 4:24 PM EDT
Scott Dixon on top in opening practice for the Verizon IndyCar Series at Long Beach.
Apr 17, 2015, 4:00 PM EDT
A mixed day for both Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen during practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Apr 17, 2015, 3:00 PM EDT
Williams usually reserves its pace for Saturday, but Valtteri Bottas bucked the trend in Bahrain on Friday.
Apr 17, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT
Briton pleased with Mercedes work following practice for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Friday.
Apr 17, 2015, 2:00 PM EDT
He’s not the race defending champion, but as the most recent Long Beach winner still in the IndyCar field, Takuma Sato is indeed one to watch this weekend.
Apr 17, 2015, 1:22 PM EDT
A busy night for the stewards in Bahrain due to two incidents at the end of FP2 on Friday.
Apr 17, 2015, 12:32 PM EDT
Rocky Moran Jr. to make IndyCar debut this weekend with Dale Coyne Racing in a last-minute fill-in role for Carlos Huertas.
Apr 17, 2015, 12:31 PM EDT
Normal service is resumed in FP2 as Mercedes dominates proceedings, but Ferrari proves that it could be in the running for the race win on race day.
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