Practice One: Button Quickest in Melbourne

Published on by Kevin V. (Kdawg)

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McLaren have just proven to the world that the stepped nose is pointless as Jenson Button powered to the top of the timesheets with Lewis Hamilton second. Michael Schumacher was third in the Mercedes followed by Fernando Alonso. Fernando had a spin at the last corner at the very end of the session, but Ferrari's pace has been shown so far and may lead to a debate on whether Ferrari was sandbagging during testing or not.

 

d12aus1596.jpgRed Bull didn't have a great start to the season as Mark Webber was only fifth fastest with a time one full second slower than Button's session topping time. Vettel did even worse, going only eleventh fastest. Sebastian had made claims before Australia that he was easily the title favorite, but that might've changed since. Even for a practice session, eleventh isn't where he would want to be.

 

Rosberg completed a good first half of the day for Mercedes, setting the sixth fastest time in the damp/dry conditions. Ricciardo showed some pace in his Toro Rosso, as the Aussie placed seventh in his first home practice session. Ricciardo said, "Our current pace is good, and if we could keep it throughout the season, it would be a dream." And it would, especially if it could get him a drive with a frontrunning team.

 

d12aus1577.jpgMaldonado also showed some strong pace in Melbourne, which shows that he has gained lots more knowledge and maturity from his first year. The Venezuelan was eighth fastest, while Raikkonen was ninth, despite only setting eight timed laps. Kobayashi was tenth followed by the under-performing World Champion. Hulkenberg and di Resta completed a mediocre session for Force India in positions twelfth and thirteenth.

 

Skipping down the order, Kovalainen wasn't where he wanted to be in seventeenth. ESPN F1 commentators claim that Caterham will be up in the midfield by the end of the season, even if they weren't there at the beginning. Saying that, Heikki may have nothing to worry about. Other than Massa beaching in the gravel after a block from Glock, nothing major occurred in the opening session. Both HRTs didn't start the session, and will risk missing the 107% cut tomorrow in quali.

 

Stay tuned for more coverage from the Australian GP and all the other races. See you at the track!

 

P1 Results

1 3     
Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.560   11
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.805  
0.245 14
3 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.235 0.675 17
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.360 0.800 21
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:28.467 0.907 21
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.683 1.123 22
7 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:28.908 1.348 23
8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.415 1.855 16
9 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:29.565 2.005 8
10 14 Kamui Kobayashi 
Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.722 2.162 26
11 
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:29.790 2.230 21
12 12  Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.865 2.305 17
13 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:29.881 2.321 18
14 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:29.953 2.393 21
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.124 2.564 22
16 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:30.515 2.955 16
17 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:30.586 3.026 16
18 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:30.743 3.183 11
19 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:31.178 3.618 17
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:31.983 4.423 8
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:34.730 7.170 8
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:40.256 12.696 11
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth No time   3
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth No time   0

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