F1 2013

Alonso leads the way in America – Austin FP1

Fernando Alonso ended an eventful morning at the US Grand Prix weekend by setting fastest time in FP1 ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button.

The session was postponed by forty minutes thanks to a thick blanket of Texan fog coating the circuit, and running only lasted a mere ten minutes before the red flags were out once again.

This time the absence of the medical helicopter was the issue, after the one and only aircraft stationed at the Circuit of the Americas suffered a technical problem. When the track was opened once more, there were just thirty-two minutes left to fulfil FP1 schedules.

Red Bull and Mercedes appeared to choose long-fuel runs to fill their time, whilst Ferrari and others elected for evaluation runs on lighter fuel with the medium compound tyres.

CLASSIFICATION – FP1 – US GRAND PRIX

POS DRIVER TEAM LAPTIME
1 Alonso Ferrari 1:38:343
2 Button McLaren +0.028
3 Bottas Williams +0.045
4 Gutierrez Sauber +0.189
5 Rosberg Mercedes +0.314
6 Hamilton Mercedes +0.636
7 Massa Ferrari +0.662
8 Webber Red Bull +0.740
9 Hulkenberg Sauber +0.815
10 Maldonado Williams +0.857
11 Grosjean Lotus +0.895
12 Perez McLaren +0.913
13 Kovalainen Lotus +1.144
14 Sutil Force India +1.356
15 Di Resta Force India +1.493
16 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1.520
17 Kvyat Toro Rosso +1.722
18 Vettel Red Bull +2.319
19 Rossi Caterham +3.056
20 Chilton Marussia +3.262
21 Pic Caterham +3.711
22 Gonzalez Marussia +5.373
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