Alonso tops opening practice for Ferrari in China

GP CINA F1/2014

Fernando Alonso set the pace during the opening practice session ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Alonso topped the time sheets with a best lap of 1:39.783, with Nico Rosberg fourth tenths of a second adrift in second, while Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top three for Red Bull on what was a dull and cold morning in Shanghai.

The two McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen ended the session in fifth and seventh, with Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India sandwiched between the pair in sixth.

Jean-Eric Vergne was seventh for Toro Rosso, while Lewis Hamilton was just eight fastest in the second Mercedes, after his session ended prematurely following complaints of an car imbalance.

Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa completed the top 10 for Red Bull and Williams respectively.

Lotus’ slow start to the season continued, with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado confined to 12th and 16th, the Venezulean having produced one of the stand out moments of the session after a bizarre off in which he appeared to miss the entry to turn 10.

Felipe Nasr and Giedo van der Garde ended the morning in 13th and 14th, the pair standing in for Valtteri Bottas and Adrian Sutil at Williams and Sauber.

Jules Bianchi was 19th fastest for Marussia after a fuel system issue cost him most of the session.

Kimi Raikkonen propped up the time sheets, the Finn unable to set a time as a result of technical problem.

Free Practice One – Classification

1.  Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:39.783 – 20 laps

2.  Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:40.181  +0.398 – 16 laps

3.  Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:40.772  +0.989 – 23 laps

4.  Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:40.970  +1.187 – 23 laps

5.  Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:41.175  +1.392 – 16 laps

6.  Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:41.366  +1.583 – 20 laps

7.  Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:41.505  +1.722 – 26 laps

8.  Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:41.560  +1.777 – 9 laps

9.  Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:41.629  +1.846 – 19 laps

10.  Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:41.699  +1.916 – 14 laps

11.  Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:41.977  +2.194 – 23 laps

12.  Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:42.090  +2.307 – 24 laps

13.  Felipe Nasr – Williams-Mercedes – 1:42.265  +2.482 – 13 laps

14.  Giedo van der Garde – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:42.615  +2.832 – 16 laps

15.  Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:42.733  +2.950 – 13 laps

16.  Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:43.731  +3.948s – 22 laps

17.  Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:44.038  +4.255 – 16 laps

18.  Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:44.162  +4.379 – 17 laps

19.  Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:44.270  +4.487 – 7 laps

20.  Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:44.782  +4.999 – 20 laps

21.  Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:44.835  +5.052 – 22 laps

22.  Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari –  1 lap

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari

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