Alonso heads first practice in China

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F1 Grand Prix, GP China, Shanghai International Ciruitcn

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the morning during first practice ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. Nico Rosberg was 4 tenths slower and second fastest while Daniel Ricciardo completed the top three.

Alonso came set his best time thirty minutes into the session, enough to stay on top of the timesheet for the remaining 60 minutes. Alonso's run was in stark contrast with Kimi Raikkonen's fortunes as the Finn couldn't do more than a single installation lap with his Ferrari F14 T. The team found technical issues; requiring fixes that took the entire session's duration.

For Felipe Nasr and Giedo van der Garde it was their second free practice outing following their runs in FP1 at the Bahrain GP 2 weeks ago. Neither experienced major problems, allowing them to set the 13th and 14th fastest times.

There were problems for Esteban Gutierrez as he saw the first hour of running pass by from the garage due to a clutch problem. Marussia's Jules Bianchi meanwhile was hampered with fuel supply issues.

Results

Pos.NoDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
114Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:39.783-20
26Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:40.1810.39816
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:40.7720.98923
422Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:40.9701.18723
527Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:41.1751.39216
620Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:41.3661.58320
725Jean-Eric VergneSTR-Renault1:41.5051.72226
844Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:41.5601.7779
91Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:41.6291.84619
1019Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:41.6991.91614
1126Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:41.9772.19423
128Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:42.0902.30724
1340Felipe NasrWilliams-Mercedes1:42.2652.48213
1436Giedo van der GardeSauber-Ferrari1:42.6152.83216
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:42.7332.95013
1613Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:43.7313.94822
1710Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault1:44.0384.25516
1821Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:44.1624.37917
1917Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari1:44.2704.4877
204Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari1:44.7824.99920
219Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault1:44.8355.05222
227Kimi RäikkönenFerrari--1


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