Hamilton tops Turkish Grand Prix Practice 1

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets by nearly a second, as McLaren dominated the opening practice session of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix.

The 2008 world champion was followed by his team-mate Jenson Button with the Mercedes pairing of Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg third and fourth respectively.

Meanwhile Red Bull, which are expected to dominate this weekend appeared to be well off the pace. Sebastian Vettel could only manage fifth with his team-mate Mark Webber down in eighth. The Milton Keynes-based team used the session to debut its version of the f-duct system, and will surely have saved its pace for later on this afternoon.

Ferrari was also well down the order, with Fernando Alonso in ninth and Felipe Massa in thirteenth. However, the Scuderia has often focused on longer fuel runs during FP1 and may have continued their program this morning.

The only real accident of the session came with two minutes to go when Adrian Sutil lost control of his Force India at turn 8 and slid backwards into the tyre barriers. Although the German was unhurt, the contact with the barriers inflicting significant damage onto his VJM03.

Pos  Driver         Team           Time              Laps
1.   Hamilton       McLaren        1:28.653            20
2.   Button         McLaren        1:29.615  + 0.962   20
3.   Schumacher     Mercedes       1:29.750  + 1.097   24
4.   Rosberg        Mercedes       1:29.855  + 1.202   24
5.   Vettel         Red Bull       1:29.867  + 1.214   30
6.   Kubica         Renault        1:30.061  + 1.408   23
7.   Petrov         Renault        1:30.065  + 1.412   24
8.   Webber         Red Bull       1:30.097  + 1.444   26
9.   Alonso         Ferrari        1:30.294  + 1.641   20
10.  Sutil          Force India    1:30.501  + 1.848   17
11.  Kobayashi      Sauber         1:30.615  + 1.962   20
12.  Liuzzi         Force India    1:30.853  + 2.200   21
13.  Massa          Ferrari        1:30.867  + 2.214   21
14.  Buemi          Toro Rosso     1:31.011  + 2.358   23
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber         1:31.238  + 2.585   17
16.  Hulkenberg     Williams       1:31.355  + 2.702   23
17.  Barrichello    Williams       1:31.464  + 2.811   19
18.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso     1:31.735  + 3.082   27
19.  Kovalainen     Lotus          1:32.161  + 3.508   24
20.  Trulli         Lotus          1:32.990  + 4.337   22
21.  Chandhok       HRT            1:34.876  + 6.223   13
22.  di Grassi      Virgin         1:35.137  + 6.484   21
23.  Glock          Virgin         1:35.583  + 6.930   15
24.  Yamamoto       HRT            1:36.137  + 7.484   26