Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2012

McLaren lead the way in first practice

2012 Japanese Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Jenson Button, McLaren, Suzuka, 2012The two McLaren drivers were quickest in the first practice session at Suzuka.

Lewis Hamilton was the first driver to set a timed lap and headed the times sheets early in the session. Several drivers came close to beating his effort and Mark Webber eventually did, edging the McLaren by five hundredths of a second.

The other McLaren of Jenson Button left it until later in the session before setting his first time. A 1’34.507 put him on top. Hamilton improved shortly afterwards to put McLaren first and second in the times.

Webber ended the session third-quickest following by Nico Rosberg. The Mercedes driver pulled to a stop in the Esses moments before the end of the session with an apparent technical problem.

Michael Schumacher moved up to fifth late in the session, making it four Mercedes-powered cars in the top five.

Both Sauber drivers near lost control of their cars during the session. Kamui Kobayashi, sixth, had a moment of oversteer at the exit of Spoon Curve while Sergio Perez, 12th, got onto the run-off at 130R.

Felipe Massa was fastest for Ferrari in seventh, followed by the Force India pair and Pastor Maldonado.

Giedo van der Garde made his second appearance in an F1 practice session for Caterham and ended the session 23rd, over a second off team mate Vitaly Petrov.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.507 20
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’34.740 0.233 26
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’34.856 0.349 24
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’35.059 0.552 18
5 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’35.122 0.615 20
6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.199 0.692 27
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’35.283 0.776 24
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’35.299 0.792 18
9 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’35.474 0.967 22
10 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’35.478 0.971 24
11 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’35.484 0.977 26
12 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’35.584 1.077 24
13 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’35.691 1.184 22
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’35.724 1.217 21
15 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.123 1.616 19
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’36.222 1.715 25
17 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’36.366 1.859 23
18 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’36.389 1.882 24
19 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’37.716 3.209 17
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’38.295 3.788 23
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’38.616 4.109 25
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’39.043 4.536 25
23 20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’39.374 4.867 22
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’39.688 5.181 19

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