Hamilton heads Button in first practice

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Hamilton set a best time of 1'28.653 around the Istanbul track
Hamilton set a best time of 1'28.653 around the Istanbul track

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the first practice session in Turkey, setting setting a lap almost a second quicker than team mate Jenson Button.

The two Mercedes were behind them, followed by Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull.

Red Bull and Force India both ran their version of the F-duct for the first time in 2010.

Onboard cameras suggest Red Bull have a hand-operated device which Vettel tested while Mark Webber drove the standard version of the car.

Adrian Sutil, however, suffered a high-speed crash in his Force India at turn eight three minutes before the chequered flag came out.

The VJM03 speared off the track as he approached the exit of turn eight, making it all the way across the run-off and into the barrier. Sutil was fortunately uninjured.

The first half of the session saw little running as the little-used track was very dusty.

Karun Chandhok had a disrupted sessionafter suffering an electrical problem early on. The marshals waved white flags as the HRT crawled into the pits.

After spending much of the session in the garage he finally made it out 15 minutes from the end of practice to set a time.

Alongside him in the other HRT for this session was reserve driver Sakon Yamamoto, making his first appearance for the Spanish team. Bruno Senna will be back in the car in the second session.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’28.653 20
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’29.615 0.962 21
3 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’29.750 1.097 24
4 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’29.855 1.202 25
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’29.867 1.214 30
6 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’30.061 1.408 23
7 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’30.065 1.412 24
8 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’30.097 1.444 26
9 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’30.294 1.641 20
10 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’30.501 1.848 17
11 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’30.615 1.962 20
12 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’30.853 2.200 21
13 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’30.867 2.214 22
14 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.011 2.358 24
15 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’31.238 2.585 18
16 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’31.355 2.702 23
17 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’31.464 2.811 19
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’31.735 3.082 27
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’32.161 3.508 24
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’32.990 4.337 23
21 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’34.876 6.223 13
22 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.137 6.484 21
23 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’35.583 6.930 15
24 21 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’36.137 7.484 26

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