Rosberg quickest in opening practice for Austrian GP

CH2nJf8WIAAOaULThe Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton led the way in Friday morning’s opening practice for the Formula 1 Grosser Preis von Osterreich 2015, as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso lost much of the session to technical problems. Mercedes’ nearest rival was the third-placed Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who finished 0.6s off Rosberg’s benchmark.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was fourth, followed by Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo, and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen.

Cool conditions and a rather green track surface combined to make for plenty of off-track moments as the drivers got to grips with the challenging, 4.326-kilometre Spielberg circuit. Rosberg and Hamilton were among those to make mistakes – the Briton at Turn 8 after setting two personal best sector times, and again at Turn 1, where Rosberg later went off.

It was Rosberg who had the upper hand though, edging Hamilton by three tenths over a single lap and also on race pace when the field switched to longer runs in the final part of the session.

Vettel and Alonso, in contrast, were in trouble almost immediately. Alonso had completed just one lap when he lost power at Turn 8 and had to coast back to the pits, where his car remained until the final 15 minutes. McLaren did at least manage to cure some of Alonso’s woes, though he still only completed 10 laps.

Vettel meanwhile lost drive just over 20 minutes into the 90-minute session and despite frantic work from his Ferrari mechanics was unable to add to his tally of four laps.

Austrian Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:10.401 Leader Leader 36
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:10.709 -0.308 -0.308 28
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:11.028 -0.627 -0.319 22
4 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:11.452 -1.051 -0.424 26
5 12 Felipe Nasr 1:11.633 -1.232 -0.181 28
6 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:11.642 -1.241 -0.009 31
7 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:11.724 -1.323 -0.082 29
8 33 Max Verstappen 1:11.825 -1.424 -0.101 38
9 19 Felipe Massa 1:11.890 -1.489 -0.065 29
10 11 Sergio Perez 1:11.905 -1.504 -0.015 37
11 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:11.948 -1.547 -0.043 32
12 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:12.004 -1.603 -0.056 34
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:12.031 -1.630 -0.027 36
14 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:12.050 -1.649 -0.019 27
15 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:12.159 -1.758 -0.109 30
16 22 Jenson Button 1:12.920 -2.519 -0.761 30
17 14 Fernando Alonso 1:13.272 -2.871 -0.352 10
18 28 Will Stevens 1:13.937 -3.536 -0.665 29
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:15.459 -5.058 -1.522 11
20 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:15.684 -5.283 -0.225 4

 

 

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