Vettel fastest as Hamilton crashes in FP1

Sebastian Vettel picked up where he left off after winning last year’s Japanese Grand Prix, setting the fastest time in first practice.

But title rival Lewis Hamilton hit trouble when he crashed at Degner halfway through the session. He damaged the front-left corner of his McLaren and took no further part in the session.

Team mate Jenson Button had a similar moment in the dying minutes of the session but survived without hitting the barriers.

Mark Webber kept his team mate honest, lapping within five hundredths of a second of Vettel as Red Bull confirmed pre-race expectations by topping the times sheets.

Their closest rival, Robert Kubica in the Renault, was half a second slower, with Adrian Sutil a further half a second adrift.

Despite missing half the session Hamilton still had the fifth-fastest time. Behind him the Williams pair were separated by just three-hundredths of a second.

Michael Schumacher was eighth on his return to Suzuka. Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg completed the top ten.

Ferrari had a quiet session with Felipe Massa 11th and Fernando Alonso 13th.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’32.585 23
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’32.633 0.048 23
3 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’33.129 0.544 23
4 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’33.639 1.054 13
5 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’33.643 1.058 9
6 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’33.677 1.092 21
7 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’33.707 1.122 24
8 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’33.739 1.154 20
9 22 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Ferrari 1’33.791 1.206 23
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’33.831 1.246 9
11 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’33.929 1.344 25
12 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.042 1.457 19
13 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’34.169 1.584 23
14 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’34.271 1.686 19
15 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’34.373 1.788 24
16 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’34.379 1.794 21
17 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’34.991 2.406 26
18 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’35.684 3.099 22
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’36.949 4.364 25
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.329 4.744 17
21 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’37.388 4.803 23
22 25 Jerome d’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1’37.778 5.193 23
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’38.814 6.229 28
24 20 Sakon Yamamoto HRT-Cosworth 1’39.443 6.858 26

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43 comments on Vettel fastest as Hamilton crashes in FP1

  1. Back luck for Hamilton,seeing at the footage I have to blame him can’t make mistakes like this at this stage of the championship. I believe it will be Red Bulls race to loose to Alonso but Kubica can surprised a few just as he did in Belgium.

  2. miguelF1O (@) said on 9th October 2010, 0:09

    congrats to f1fanatic.co.uk mentioned twice today at bbc

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