Lewis Hamilton has set the quickest time in the first practice session ahead of Nico Rosberg for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg led the session early on as Hamilton fluffed his first flying lap by locking up and running wide at the Turn 14 hairpin. It took Hamilton a while to get another timed lap in but he managed to post a 1:39.033 halfway through the session, clearing Rosberg’s benchmark by half a second.

A green track mixed with cool and breezy conditions caught a few drivers out throughout in the session. GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer, who made his Formula 1 weekend debut stepping in for Romain Grosjean, was the first to spin at Turn 1. He was closely followed by Carlos Sainz Jr. in the Toro Rosso.

Although it was not just the rookies making errors on a track with low grip, the Mercedes pair were constantly finding themselves in the run-off areas. Both Rosberg and Hamilton experienced lock ups at Turn 6, while Hamilton lost the rear of his car during Turn 1 and slide off the track.

Ferrari remains the second best team of the field, albeit over a second behind the silver arrows. Sebastian Vettel was third quickest and half a second ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr slotted into fifth position ahead of the Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. Even though the Red Bulls were ahead of their sister team Toro Rosso, the margin between Kvyat and Sainz in eighth was just 0.02 seconds. Nasr’s team-mate Marcus Ericsson was almost a second behind in 14th.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa completed the top 10 for Williams, although they were over two seconds off Hamilton’s best time.


2015 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results
Pos Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:39.033 21
2. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:39.574 + 0.541 21
3. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:40.157 + 1.124 18
4. Kimi Raikkonen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:40.661 + 1.628 27
5. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:41.012 + 1.979 18
6. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:41.029 + 1.996 21
7. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:41.097 + 2.064 24
8. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:41.112 + 2.079 23
9. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:41.303 + 2.270 23
10. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:41.304 + 2.271 17
11. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes Ere Hybrid 1:41.335 + 2.302 23
12. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:41.575 + 2.542 28
13. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:41.845 + 2.812 19
14. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:41.918 + 2.885 24
15. Jolyon Palmer uk Lotus F1 Team Mercedes Ere Hybrid 1:41.967 + 2.934 25
16. Sergio Perez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:42.141 + 3.108 22
17. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:42.161 + 3.128 20
18. Nico Hulkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:42.184 + 3.151 19
19. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:45.379 + 6.346 18
20. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:46.443 + 7.439 20

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