F1 2014

Alonso fastest – China FP1

China F1 practice times

Fernando Alonso repeated his FP1 success in Melbourne with fastest time in the first free practice session at Shanghai ahead of Sunday’s F1 Chinese Grand Prix, though issues for Kimi Raikkonen kept the sister Ferrari in the garage after a servo failure on the front suspension.

Alonso finished almost a second clear of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes after trialling a new front wing and making a solid run on the softer Pirelli compound available this weekend. Daniel Ricciardo was 3rd for Red Bull, with Jenson Button 4th and Nico Hulkenberg 5th; both Force India and McLaren have brought updates to this race weekend also.

The session wasn’t without incident, with a couple of minor spills for Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat who spun his car at turn one and the penultimate corner respectively.

Problems arose for Jules Bianchi, who was forced to sit out most of the session after electrical issues with his Marussia car, and Esteban Gutierrez’s Sauber. Sergio Perez was also afflicted with a rear wing DRS failure that threatened to have consequences so the team elected not to run his car after the midway point of the morning.

Giedo van der Garde and Felipe Nasr handled driving duties for Sauber and Williams respectively in place of regular drivers Adrian Sutil and Valtteri Bottas.

CLASSIFICATION – FP1 – Chinese GP – 18th Apr 2014

1 Alonso Ferrari 1:39:783
2 Rosberg Mercedes 1:40:181
3 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:40:772
4 Button McLaren 1:40:970
5 Hulkenberg Force India 1:41:175
6 Magnussen McLaren 1:41:366
7 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:41:505
8 Hamilton Mercedes 1:41:560
9 Vettel Red Bull 1:41:629
10 Massa Williams 1:41:699
11 Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:41:977
12 Grosjean Lotus 1:42:090
13 Nasr Williams 1:42:265
14 van der Garde Sauber 1:42:615
15 Perez Force India 1:42:733
16 Maldonado Lotus 1:43:731
17 Kobayashi Caterham 1:44:038
18 Gutierrez Sauber 1:44:162
19 Bianchi Marussia 1:44:270
20 Chilton Marussia 1:44:782
21 Ericsson Caterham 1:44:835
22 Raikkonen Ferrari No Time

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