Hamilton tops wet-dry first practice at Melbourne

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In a mixed weather session where the rain came and went, Lewis Hamilton topped the times to kick off the 2016 season in the best possible manner. He ended the 90 minutes of running ahead of Daniil Kvyat and local hero Daniel Ricciardo, who managed to beach his car towards the very end of the session.

The session was eventually very unconclusive, as some drivers managed to set times during drier times, while others came out and were greeted with more rain as they got off to the flying lap. Such was the case for Sebastian Vettel, who did just 8 laps as he opted not to take any risks towards the end of the session.

Carlos Sainz though was worse off, with just 3 laps on the clock before he hit car trouble that saw him locked in the pitlane for the remainder of the session.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG1:29.725-14
226Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:30.146+0.421s14
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:30.875+1.150s13
427Nico HulkenbergForce India1:31.325+1.600s8
533Max VerstappenToro Rosso1:31.720+1.995s14
66Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:31.814+2.089s11
714Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:33.060+3.335s11
822Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:33.129+3.404s16
911Sergio PerezForce India1:33.370+3.645s6
1020Kevin MagnussenRenault1:34.060+4.335s13
1177Valtteri BottasWilliams1:34.550+4.825s6
1219Felipe MassaWilliams1:34.679+4.954s6
1312Felipe NasrSauber1:34.796+5.071s7
1430Jolyon PalmerRenault1:35.477+5.752s12
159Marcus EricssonSauber1:37.956+8.231s6
1694Pascal WehrleinManor1:40.401+10.676s6
177Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:40.754+11.029s10
1821Esteban GutierrezHaas1:41.780+12.055s8
1988Rio HaryantoManor1:43.372+13.647s7
208Romain GrosjeanHaas1:43.443+13.718s6
215Sebastian VettelFerrari--8
2255Carlos SainzToro Rosso--3