Shanghai Practice 1: Alonso fastest early on

Fernando Alonso fastest in FP1

Fernando Alonso fastest in FP1

Ferrari‘s Fernando Alonso broke Mercedes‘ stranglehold at the top by setting the fastest time in Friday’s first practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Alonso completed 20 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit to end the morning session with a best time of 1:39.783 seconds, as Ferrari’s new Formula One boss Marco Mattiacci looked on.

Nico Rosberg was second in his Mercedes with a time that was nearly four-tenths of a second off Alonso’s session-topping effort.

The German’s team mate Lewis Hamilton, gunning for a hat-trick of wins this weekend, set the eighth fastest time on a cool and overcast morning in Shanghai.

Daniel Ricciardo set the third quickest time in his Red Bull ahead of McLaren‘s Jenson Button and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg.

Nico Rosberg second fastest in FP1

Nico Rosberg second fastest in FP1

McLaren rookie Kevin Magnussen set the sixth fastest time to make it four Mercedes-powered cars in the top six.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel ended the session ninth.

Mercedes have won the opening three races of the season in dominating fashion, but Friday morning’s session was the first time since opening practice for the first race in Australia that a silver arrow car has not ended up at the top of the timesheets.

Both Hamilton and Rosberg put in a limited amount of running and set their fastest times in the opening 30 minutes of the session on a green track, with the team choosing to focus on longer runs later in the session.

Daniel Ricciardo third fastest in FP1

Daniel Ricciardo third fastest in FP1

Kimi Raikkonen failed to set a time in the 90-minute session after his Ferrari developed mechanical issues, with the Finn only managing a single installation lap.

With track temperatures hovering in the high Celsius teens, several drivers struggled for grip and had off track moments in a largely uneventful session.

Pastor Maldonado in particular provided some amusement after he left the track and spun in his Lotus while making adjustments on his steering wheel.

Chinese Grand Prix, Free Practice 1 – Friday, 18 April 2014

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:39.783   20
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:40.181 0.398 16
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:40.772 0.989 23
4 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.970 1.187 23
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:41.175 1.392 16
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:41.366 1.583 20
7 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:41.505 1.722 26
8 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:41.560 1.777 9
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:41.629 1.846 19
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:41.699 1.916 14
11 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:41.977 2.194 23
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:42.090 2.307 24
13 40 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1:42.265 2.482 13
14 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1:42.615 2.832 16
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:42.733 2.950 13
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:43.731 3.948 22
17 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:44.038 4.255 16
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:44.162 4.379 17
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:44.270 4.487 7
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:44.782 4.999 20
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:44.835 5.052 22
22 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari     1

 

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