Kubica fastest in Aussie Practice 1

Robert Kubica topped the first practice session for the 2010 Australian Grand Prix as Renault showed its potential.

The Pole looked strong throughout the session and topped the timesheets by around two tenths of a second from Nico Rosberg of Mercedes GP. Renault’s pace was underlined by Vitaly Petrov’s ninth place in the session.

Paul di Resta was impressive on his Force India testing debut, with the young Scot managing to lap withing two tenths of his team-mate Tonio Liuzzi.

However the session did not run without drama, with the Sauber team in particular enduring a chaotic 90 minutes. Around half way into practice, Kamui Kobayashi brought out the first red flag of the day after he struck a cone on the inside of turn 11 and damaged his front wing.

Unfortunately this would not be Kobayashi’s final incident as the Japanese driver crashed on his next out lap, at turn 3, with a suspected front wing failure – possibly as a consequence of his earlier accident.

Team-mate Pedro de la Rosa also stopped out on circuit with an apparent technical gremlin.

Meanwhile it was a case of deja vu for the new teams, with Virgin and Lotus suffering hydraulic issues once more.

Traffic also played a part in the proceedings and presented itself as an ominous problem for the weekend ahead. This is coupled with the announcement that the pitlane speed limit for this weekend has been reduced from 100 km/h to just 60 on the grounds of safety.

Pos Driver  	Team 	        Time  	 Gap  	Laps
1   Kubica 	Renault 	1:26.927 	22
2   Rosberg 	Mercedes GP	1:27.126 0.199 	18
3   Button 	McLaren 	1:27.482 0.555 	22
4   Massa 	Ferrari 	1:27.511 0.584 	18
5   Vettel 	Red Bull 	1:27.686 0.759 	23
6   Alonso 	Ferrari 	1:27.747 0.820 	21
7   Hamilton 	McLaren 	1:27.793 0.866 	22
8   Buemi 	Toro Rosso 	1:28.014 1.087 	21
9   Petrov 	Renault 	1:28.114 1.187 	25
10  Liuzzi 	Force India 	1:28.192 1.265 	18
11  di Resta 	Force India 	1:28.537 1.610 	25
12  Schumacher 	Mercedes GP	1:28.550 1.623 	19
13  Alguersuari Toro Rosso	1:28.572 1.645 	21
14  Webber 	Red Bull 	1:28.683 1.756 	22
15  de la Rosa 	BMW Sauber 	1:29.465 2.538 	13
16  Barrichello Williams 	1:29.712 2.785 	18
17  Hulkenberg 	Williams	1:30.249 3.322 	26
18  Kobayashi 	BMW Sauber 	1:31.588 4.661 	5
19  Trulli 	Lotus   	1:31.652 4.725 	13
20  Kovalainen 	Lotus   	1:31.654 4.727 	26
21  di Grassi 	Virgin  	1:32.831 5.904 	25
22  Senna 	HRT     	1:33.401 6.474 	24
23  Chandhok 	HRT     	1:34.251 7.324 	19
24  Glock 	Virgin  	1:34.925 7.998 	8