Chinese GP: Hamilton flies in practice session 1

McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton has started his Chinese Grand Prix weekend well by topping the timesheets in the first practice session. The British driver was ahead of his closest championship rival Felipe Massa by just under 0.4 seconds. Raikkonen and Kovalainen rounded out the top four.

The session saw a few minor dramas. Raikkonen spin on his second quick lap of the session, but did no damage and was able to continue. Jarno Trulli and Mark Webber both had spins in the Turns 11 & 12 chicane mid-corner, however both were able to continue on undamaged. Barrichello also got the corners wrong and took a detour across the grass.

The Renault of Nelson Piquet took a trip through one of the gravel traps after an error, however he managed to keep the car going and return to the pits.

Unofficial Timings for Practice Session 1 of the Chinese Grand Prix:

Pos  Driver       Team                   Time               Laps
 1.  Hamilton     McLaren-Mercedes       1:35.630           23
 2.  Massa        Ferrari                1:36.020  + 0.390  24
 3.  Raikkonen    Ferrari                1:36.052  + 0.422  23
 4.  Kovalainen   McLaren-Mercedes       1:36.103  + 0.473  21
 5.  Kubica       BMW Sauber             1:36.507  + 0.877  25
 6.  Alonso       Renault                1:36.661  + 1.031  25
 7.  Heidfeld     BMW Sauber             1:37.040  + 1.410  23
 8.  Bourdais     Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:37.070  + 1.440  32
 9.  Piquet       Renault                1:37.180  + 1.550  30
10.  Vettel       Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:37.278  + 1.648  25
11.  Webber       Red Bull-Renault       1:37.491  + 1.861  26
12.  Button       Honda                  1:37.619  + 1.989  25
13.  Nakajima     Williams-Toyota        1:37.630  + 2.000  23
14.  Coulthard    Red Bull-Renault       1:37.638  + 2.008  22
15.  Rosberg      Williams-Toyota        1:37.638  + 2.008  26
16.  Glock        Toyota                 1:37.664  + 2.034  29
17.  Barrichello  Honda                  1:37.827  + 2.197  28
18.  Trulli       Toyota                 1:38.219  + 2.589  24
19.  Sutil        Force India-Ferrari    1:38.285  + 2.655  25
20.  Fisichella   Force India-Ferrari    1:38.479  + 2.849  26