Hamilton quickest in damp opening Australian GP practice

Lewis HamiltonThe first practice session of 2016 gave drivers the chance to sample wet, dry and intermediate tyres. Amid changeable conditions in Australia, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton came away with the fastest time, four-tenths up on Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat.

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As the rain came and went at Melbourne’s Albert Park, the circuit was never totally dry during the 90 minutes, and several men took trips through the gravel. The only one to get beached was local hero Daniel Ricciardo, right at the very end of the session. The Red Bull driver was third, nonetheless, a second down on Hamilton.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, followed by the McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, the latter completing the most laps of anyone with 16. Force India’s Sergio Perez and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen completed the top ten.

The only men not to set times were Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Australian Grand Prix First Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:29.725 Leader Leader 14
2 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:30.146 -0.421 -0.421 14
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:30.875 -1.150 -0.729 13
4 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:31.325 -1.600 -0.450 7
5 33 Max Verstappen 1:31.720 -1.995 -0.395 13
6 6 Nico Roseberg 1:31.814 -2.089 -0.094 11
7 14 Fernando Alonso 1:33.060 -3.335 -1.246 11
8 22 Jenson Button 1:33.129 -3.404 -0.069 16
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:33.370 -3.645 -0.241 5
10 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:34.060 -4.335 -0.690 12
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:34.550 -4.825 -0.490 6
12 19 Felipe Massa 1:34.679 -4.954 -0.129 6
13 12 Felipe Nasr 1:34.796 -5.071 -0.117 7
14 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:35.477 -5.752 -0.681 12
15 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:37.956 -8.231 -2.479 6
16 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:40.401 -10.676 -2.445 5
17 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:40.754 -11.029 -0.353 10
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:41.780 -12.055 -1.026 8
19 88 Rio Haryanto 1:43.372 -13.647 -1.592 6
20 8 Romain Grojean 1:43.443 -13.718 -0.071 6
21 5 Sebastian Vettel 0:00.000 -1:29.725 -1:43.443 8
22 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 0:00.000 -1:29.725 0.000 3

 

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