F1 2013

Australia FP1 – Vettel tops the times

World Champion Sebastian Vettel ended FP1 in Melbourne fastest by just 7 hundredths of a second from the Ferrari of Felipe Massa.

The Brazilian usurped team-mate Fernando Alonso from the runner-up spot despite several off-track moments. Lewis Hamilton was 4th on his Mercedes debut, ahead of Mark Webber, Kimi Raikkonen and Nico Rosberg. Adrian Sutil was an impressive 8th on his Force India return, but McLaren were struggling and Jenson Button and Sergio Perez were 9th and 11th, 1.2 and 1.3 seconds off the pace respectively.

Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez made underwhelming debut appearances and were some way off the pace of their team-mates down in 15th and 16th, while the two Marussia’s outpaced the Caterham cars of Charles Pic and Giedo Van Der Garde.

POS DRIVER TEAM TIME
1 Sebastian VETTEL Red Bull 1:27:211
2 Felipe MASSA Ferrari +0.078
3 Fernando ALONSO Ferrari +0.336
4 Lewis HAMILTON Mercedes +0.341
5 Mark WEBBER Red Bull +0.457
6 Kimi RAIKKONEN Lotus +0.666
7 Nico ROSBERG Mercedes +0.802
8 Adrian SUTIL Force India +1.215
9 Jenson BUTTON McLaren +1.229
10 Romain GROSJEAN Lotus +1.309
11 Sergio PEREZ McLaren +1.386
12 Nico HULKENBERG Sauber +1.575
13 Paul DI RESTA Force India +1.699
14 Pastor MALDONADO Williams +2.232
15 Valtteri BOTTAS Williams +2.717
16 Esteban GUTIERREZ Sauber +2.992
17 Jean Eric VERGNE Toro Rosso +3.518
18 Daniel RICCIARDO Toro Rosso +3.758
19 Jules BIANCHI Marussia +4.052
20 Max CHILTON Marussia +4.965
21 Charles PIC Caterham +5.062
22 Giedo VAN DER GARDE Caterham +5.177
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