Japan: Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two first practice

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg gave Mercedes a one-two ahead of the Red Bulls in the opening practice at Suzuka for the Japanese GP.

Sebastian Vettel was the fastest for Red Bull in third, 0.611s off the pace.

His teammate Mark Webber took fourth, followed by Felipe Massa.

As a consequence of Jules Bianchi’s accident in this morning’s Free Practice 1 session, his allocated chassis MR02-02 has sustained damage that is repairable but not in sufficient time for him to take part in Free Practice 2. Jules will therefore sit out this afternoon’s session.

The spare chassis will be built up in time for Jules to resume running in Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning.


Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m34.157s +0.000s 19
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.487s +0.330s 19
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m34.768s +0.611s 24
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m34.787s +0.630s 20
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.126s +0.969s 14
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.154s +0.997s 16
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m35.179s +1.022s 15
8 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m35.364s +1.207s 17
9 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.450s +1.293s 27
10 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m35.635s +1.478s 19
11 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m35.868s +1.711s 22
12 Nico Hülkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m35.900s +1.743s 18
13 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.066s +1.909s 20
14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m36.165s +2.008s 19
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m36.178s +2.021s 12
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m36.340s +2.183s 23
17 Paul Di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m36.399s +2.242s 18
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.760s +2.603s 22
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m37.595s +3.438s 22
20 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m37.629s +3.472s 8
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m38.025s +3.868s 15
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m38.763s +4.606s 18

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