Grosjean leads Hamilton in first practice

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix first practice

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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27 comments on Grosjean leads Hamilton in first practice

  1. Alexander (@alexanderfin) said on 1st November 2013, 10:45

    Why are they about a second of last years pace?
    Seems quite alot…

  2. Francorchamps (@francorchamps17) said on 1st November 2013, 10:52

    Gonzalez is 1.8 second behind Bianchi…

    • @francorchamps17 is this the end of the great Max Chilton… Btw if Max Chilton manages to keep his 100% record till the end of this season, I will actually vote for him in the DotW

      • David Margono (@woshidavid95) said on 1st November 2013, 12:49

        Tiago Monteiro and Heikki Kovalainen were pretty close, especially the latter; it’s a pity he retired at the last race from mechanical issues… he would have been the first rookie to finish all the races in his debut season otherwise. Chilton may yet be the first :P

  3. William (@william) said on 1st November 2013, 10:56

    I thought Pedro de la Rosa was suppose to fill in for Hulkenberg this weekend

  4. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 1st November 2013, 10:58

    Mercedes seemed to have some understeer in the beginning, but then they fixed it and went very quick. They’re definitly in for a podium this weekend, id say.

  5. Vrshank said on 1st November 2013, 11:13

    Hmm, Di Resta P7. Are Force India regaining their early season form? Or will it all play out in FP2 in cooler conditions, where there may be issues with tyre warm up for Force India?

  6. Missed this one because I had some work to do.
    Is there any explanation for the Ferrari’s apparent lack of pace or is that indeed a cause for concern?

    The gap seems pretty close from 1st to 12th, hopefully Vettel will finally get some challenge this weekend even though I kinda hope that he can keep his streak going until the end of the season.

  7. Hamilfan (@hamilfan) said on 1st November 2013, 11:45

    Lewis is usually monstrous around here . Bring it on !!

  8. GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 1st November 2013, 11:57

    Nice to see that FOM have finally been able to use the moveable in-car camera.

    They have had them for a while now but were not able to use them due to teams refusing to let them mount them as they tended to be larger/heavier.
    They have trialed them on the Porsche’s a couple times but never F1.

    Seems they have a new smaller & I guess lighter camera unit which has seen Ferrari agree to let them use it, For 1st practice at least. Don’t know if it will stay on the car for the rest of the weekend or it its now trial over & back to the static cameras.

  9. Oh no, not the ‘first lap nutcase’ again.. C’mon Kimi

    • Oople said on 1st November 2013, 15:46

      If by First-Lap Nutcase, you mean the guy who has been consistently quick as of late, being the second highest points scorer in the past 3 races (only behind the 4 times world champion)…

      Then, yes… Oh no, he’s actually becoming a very good driver!

      The bloke’s been mostly trouble free throughout the year, give him some slack, geez…

  10. Merv (@) said on 1st November 2013, 12:19

    On one hand, I really wouldn’t be surprised if it happened. On the other, it’s still possible for him to overtake Alonso for 2nd in the drivers championship and he has the car to do it.

  11. paulgilb (@paulgilb) said on 1st November 2013, 12:45

    I’m surprised Calado took part in this session given that he is also racing in GP2 this weekend – I thought this wasn’t allowed?

  12. nidzovski (@nidzovski) said on 1st November 2013, 15:33

    Put Grosjean and Ricciardo in a same F1 team and you’ll get a team with 24/7 smiles. :D

  13. Jason (@saint-jay) said on 1st November 2013, 16:00

    Grosjean appears to be the man to beat Vettel.

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