Sebastian Vettel was two seconds faster than any non-Red Bull driver in the first practice session in China.
He lapped the Shanghai International Circuit in 1’38.739, 2.1 seconds faster than Lewis Hamilton’s McLaren in third place.
Jenson Button was fourth-fastest, delayed by a KERS problem on his McLaren.
Fifth-fastest driver Nick Heidfeld damaged his car in a crash one hour into the session.
Among the other incidents were spins by Paul di Resta and Pastor Maldonado.
Lotus’s Luiz Razia also damaged the front right of his car in an incident.
Timo Glock spent much of the session in the garage and HRT’s Vitantonio Liuzzi stopped on track with an apparent technical problem.
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