Sebastian Vettel’s Turkish Grand Prix weekend got off to a poor start as he crashed on his fifth lap of the track.
The world champion lost control of his car on the exit kerb on the way out of turn eight and spun into the barriers on the inside of the corner. The session was stopped while his car was recovered.
Vettel was running on intermediate tyres at the time in a wet session, shortly after fresh rain had begun to fall. He had already run wide at turn 11 on an earlier lap.
Several other drivers went off at that corner including Michael Schumacher (twice), Pastor Maldonado, Sebastien Buemi and Timo Glock.
Fernando Alonso set the fastest time around halfway through the session when the track was at its least wet. But the Ferrari driver found the wet tyres wore out very quickly.
The Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Schumacher were second and third, ahead of the two Renaults.
As the session ended Maldonado had a second spin at turn 11, briefly caught the car but lost control again and backed into the barrier.
Jenson Button only did a slow lap at the end of the session to do a practice start, and team mate Lewis Hamilton didn’t even do that after stopping at the pit lane exit.
HRT’s Narain Karthikeyan stopped early in the session with an engine problem but was able to re-join later on.
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