Vettel takes top time off Hamilton in first practice

2012 United States Grand Prix first practice

Sebastian Vettel, Red Bull, Circuit of the Americas, 2012Sebastian Vettel led the first practice session at the Circuit of the Americas by over a second.

His final two laps were the quickest of the session, the last putting him 1.4s clear of second-placed Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton led the way for much of the session but pitted a few laps before the end reporting a loss of grip from his front-left tyre. Fernando Alonso was third fastest for Ferrari, 2.2s slower than Vettel.

Lap times improved quickly throughout the 90 minutes of practice on the slippery track. Drivers reported very little grip when the session began.

Turn 19 was the most common scene of problems with driver after driver running wide at the corner. Vettel went off there more than once and Felipe Massa was one of several other drivers to have problems at the corner.

Nico Hulkenberg had two spins in his Force India, one of them at turn one at the top of the hill.

Ma Qing Hua was the only non-race driver to participate in the session, taking over from Narain Karthikeyan at HRT. He ended the session 1.7s slower than team mate Pedro de la Rosa.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’38.125 30
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’39.543 1.418 28
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’40.337 2.212 29
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.528 2.403 29
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’40.650 2.525 30
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’40.966 2.841 26
7 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.023 2.898 29
8 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.036 2.911 28
9 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’41.159 3.034 32
10 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’41.473 3.348 29
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’41.783 3.658 29
12 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.825 3.700 28
13 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’41.833 3.708 29
14 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’41.880 3.755 23
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’41.998 3.873 27
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’42.539 4.414 30
17 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’42.588 4.463 25
18 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’43.288 5.163 23
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’43.443 5.318 28
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’43.522 5.397 23
21 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’44.464 6.339 24
22 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’44.548 6.423 29
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’46.917 8.792 13
24 23 Ma Qing Hua HRT-Cosworth 1’48.559 10.434 19

2012 United States Grand Prix

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56 comments on Vettel takes top time off Hamilton in first practice

  1. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 16th November 2012, 19:22

    I’m reading nothing from any of this. First session, brand new track…

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