Mercedes lead first practice at Suzuka

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Japan, Circuit Suzukajp

Lewis Hamilton led his teammate Nico Rosberg to put Mercedes at the top of the timesheets early in the Japanese Grand Prix weekend. The Red Bull drivers proved second fastest, ahead of both Ferraris and both Lotus cars.

The session was troublefree for most, except for Pastor Maldonado. He completed only part of the session as his Williams threw away the left rear wheel at Spoon curve, soon after leaving the pits.

Marussia's Jules Bianchi was caught out at Degner 2 and ended up head on in the tyre wall. He later reported that his elbow got stuck against the chassis, making it unable for his to turn and subsequently driving into the tyre barrier. Bianchi left the car unhurt, but the incident surely is something to look into. The Frenchman's incident also made it impossible tot compete in FP2 as the team had to rebuild a car around the spare chassis.

Giedo van der Garde was another off-roader at the same tricky Degner 2 corner. He did get his car under control in time before hitting anything.

During this session, all drivers set their times on the orange hard Pirelli tyre. Running on the softer option compound has traditionally been saved for the second session of the day.


110Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:34.157-19
29Nico RosbergMercedes1:34.4870.33019
31Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:34.7680.61124
42Mark WebberRed Bull Racing-Renault1:34.7870.63020
54Felipe MassaFerrari1:35.1260.96914
63Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:35.1540.99716
78Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:35.1791.02215
87Kimi RäikkönenLotus-Renault1:35.3641.20717
96Sergio PerezMcLaren-Mercedes1:35.4501.29327
1019Daniel RicciardoStr-Ferrari1:35.6351.47819
115Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:35.8681.71122
1211Nico HulkenbergSauber-Ferrari1:35.9001.74318
1318Jean-Eric VergneStr-Ferrari1:36.0661.90920
1415Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:36.1652.00819
1516Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Renault1:36.1782.02112
1617Valtteri BottasWilliams-Renault1:36.3402.18323
1714Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:36.3992.24218
1812Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:36.7602.60322
1920Heikki KovalainenCaterham-Renault1:37.5953.43822
2022Jules BianchiMarussia-Cosworth1:37.6293.4728
2121Giedo van der GardeCaterham-Renault1:38.0253.86815
2223Max ChiltonMarussia-Cosworth1:38.7634.60618