Nico Rosberg snatches fastest time off Lewis Hamilton late in P1

CgDbMtgWIAAQGrBWorld championship leader Nico Rosberg topped a disjointed opening practice session in China on Friday morning, lapping 0.146 seconds quicker than Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton as red flags twice interrupted the action.

It was a far from perfect session for the Silver Arrows however with Hamilton suffering two spins and Rosberg finishing the session with an apparent power unit issue.

Ferrari were once again the Silver Arrows’ closest challengers, with Sebastian Vettel going third fastest, just ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

The session was only 25 minutes old when the red flags appeared for the first time, shortly after Felipe Massa had suffered a left-rear tyre issue and spun approaching Turn 6, dragging debris and gravel onto the circuit.

The Brazilian would return to the track later on, only to suffer another left-rear tyre failure, just before Renault Kevin Magnussen suffered a left-rear tyre failure of his own on the back straight, bringing out the red flags for a second time.

Pirelli said that both tyre failures on Massa’s Williams were caused by technical issues, whilst investigations into Magnussen’s failure were ongoing as the session concluded.

Massa was one of two drivers not to set a lap time in the 90 minutes, the other being Haas’ Esteban Gutierrez who completed just two laps before being consigned to the garage with an electrical issue.

Chinese Grand Prix First Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:38.037 Leader Leader 16
2 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:38.183 -0.146 -0.146 16
3 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:38.665 -0.628 -0.482 12
4 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:39.061 -1.024 -0.396 13
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:39.155 -1.118 -0.094 11
6 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.625 -1.588 -0.470 14
7 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:39.676 -1.639 -0.051 12
8 22 Jenson Button 1:39.974 -1.937 -0.298 11
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:40.169 -2.132 -0.195 13
10 33 Max Verstappen 1:40.232 -2.195 -0.063 13
11 11 Sergio Perez 1:40.347 -2.310 -0.115 15
12 14 Fernando Alonso 1:40.538 -2.501 -0.191 11
13 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:40.828 -2.791 -0.290 9
14 8 Romain Grojean 1:41.358 -3.321 -0.530 9
15 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:41.393 -3.356 -0.035 18
16 88 Rio Haryanto 1:41.614 -3.577 -0.221 20
17 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:41.816 -3.779 -0.202 16
18 12 Felipe Nasr 1:42.908 -4.871 -1.092 14
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:42.980 -4.943 -0.072 8
20 20 Kevin Magnussen 0:00.000 -1:38.037 -1:42.980 6
21 21 Esteban Gutierrez 0:00.000 -1:38.037 0.000 1
22 19 Felipe Massa 0:00.000 -1:38.037 0.000 4

 

 

 

 

 

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