Buddh Practice 1: Vettel sets early pace in the haze

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB8. Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday 26 October 2012.

Sebastian Vettel during FP1 at Buddh

Oct.26 (GP247) Fresh from a hat-trick of wins leading up to the Indian Grand Prix weekend, world championship leader Sebastian Vettel wasted little time in asserting his authority on early proceedings at the dusty Buddh International Circuit to end the first free practice session at the top of the timing sheets.

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4-27. Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday 26 October 2012.Practice got underway in hazy conditions and a very ‘green’ track. As a consequence, times dropped with just about every lap as the slippery surface was rubbered-in and grip increased during the 90 minute session.

With ten minutes to go Vettel went to the top of the timing screens and remained there, setting his best lap of the morning – 1 minute 27.619 seconds – with just a couple minutes to go in the session.

Vettel’s best was 0.310 seconds up on next best Jenson Button in the McLaren, with Fernando Alonso third quickest in the Ferrari, followed by McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton – the trio covered by 0.117 seconds.

Next up was Mark Webber, who spent a fair share of time near the top of the timing screens during the session. He ended up fifth fastest.

Nico Rosberg went sixth fastest in his Mercedes, with teammate Michael Schumacher eighth best. The Silver Arrows pair were split by Felipe Massa in the Ferrari. The top seven were within a second of the top time.

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari F2012. Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Practice, Friday 26 October 2012.Showing strong early pace was Daniel Ricciardo in the Toro Rosso, setting the ninth best time. His teammate Jean Eric Vergne, driving at Buddh for the first time, was down in 17th, nearly a second slower.

Rounding out the top ten, also racing at Buddh for the very first time, was Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus. Lotus teammate Romain Grosjean, another Buddh rookie, was 15th and just over half a second down on Raikkonen.

There were a number of reserve drivers in action during the opening session in India.

All eyes were on Esteban Gutierrez who was called in to replace Sauber regular Sergio Perez who was sidelined with serious flu and fever. The young Mexican, touted to be on course for a race seat in 2013, used the session to familiarise himself with the C31 and did 29 laps on his way to setting the 20th best time.

Valtteri Bottas continued to impress in the Williams, ending the session 11th best  and faster than teammate Pastor Maldonado who was 16th.

Heikki Kovalainen sat out the first session, making way for Giedo van der Garde who was assigned FP1 duty for Caterham.

Subbed by AJN.

Indian Grand Prix Free Practice 1, Buddh – Friday, 26 October 2012

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:27.619 22
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.929 0.310 22
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.044 0.425 24
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.046 0.427 25
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:28.175 0.556 22
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.447 0.828 25
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.542 0.923 24
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.993 1.374 23
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:29.204 1.585 24
10 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:29.291 1.672 24
11 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:29.691 2.072 26
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:29.760 2.141 23
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:29.802 2.183 18
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:29.850 2.231 19
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:29.895 2.276 19
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:30.041 2.422 26
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:30.401 2.782 23
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:30.630 3.011 24
19 20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:30.896 3.277 20
20 15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:31.212 3.593 29
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.903 4.284 22
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:32.125 4.506 24
23 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.369 4.750 19
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:32.859 5.240 13
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