Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2013

Grosjean leads Hamilton in first practice

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Romain Grosjean, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2013Romain Grosjean and Lewis Hamilton kept Sebastian Vettel from the top of the times in the first practice session.

On a hot track, with surface temperatures exceeding 45C, Grosjean set a quickest time of 1’44.241 on his final run with less than two minutes to go.

Mercedes and Red Bull traded the quickest times for most of the session, with Hamilton leading the way for much of the running.

Vettel was third, just over a quarter of a second off Lotus’s pace, and had a near-miss when he returned to the pits at the end of the session. Seemingly caught out by the slippery surface in the pits the Red Bull driver locked his wheels and knocked a tyre over, stopping just short of hitting his pit crew.

Their team mates lined up behind them with Paul di Resta next in seventh place as Force India continue to show signs of having regained their early season form.

Jenson Button was eighth for McLaren but was concerned about their traction as the session began. “Wow, we really have no grip at all,” he exclaimed after sliding in the final sector as he set his first lap time.

Team mate Sergio Perez, who was first to set a time after half an hour of running, was tenth quickest behind Pastor Maldonado.

Both Ferraris ended the first 90 minutes of running outside the top ten, Fernando Alonso 12th and Felipe Massa only 17th.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’44.241 21
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’44.433 0.192 23
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’44.499 0.258 18
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’44.712 0.471 20
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’44.741 0.500 24
6 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’44.929 0.688 23
7 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’45.040 0.799 20
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’45.099 0.858 20
9 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’45.150 0.909 24
10 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’45.331 1.090 20
11 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’45.378 1.137 23
12 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’45.440 1.199 18
13 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’45.823 1.582 22
14 15 James Calado Force India-Mercedes 1’45.924 1.683 20
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’46.068 1.827 18
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.114 1.873 22
17 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’46.124 1.883 18
18 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’46.126 1.885 21
19 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’47.600 3.359 22
20 21 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’47.670 3.429 22
21 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’47.723 3.482 23
22 23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1’49.565 5.324 22

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