Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014

Ferrari top and bottom of the times in China

2014 Chinese Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Shanghai International Circuit, 2014Fernando Alonso was quickest during the first practice session but Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen was at the foot of the results table after failing to set a time.

While new team principal Marco Mattiacci looked on, last year’s re winner ended the session four tenths of a second quicker than Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

First practice ran to a now-familiar pattern, with a busy half-hour of running to begin with before the drivers had to give back their first set of medium compound tyres.

Technical problems kept three drivers from setting times initially: Ferrari were working on a steering fault on Raikkonen’s car, a fuel system problem confined Jules Bianchi to his garage to begin with and Esteban Gutierrez and a clutch problem on his Sauber.

The latter pair eventually made it out onto the track but Raikkonen was unable to set a time.

It wasn’t entirely straightforward for those who did make it onto the track. Pastor Maldonado swerved off-track at turn and nine and spun his Lotus, but was able to continue.

Daniil Kvyat also went off the track at turn one. The Toro Rosso driver understeered wide and spun into a gravel trap, but was able to get going again.

The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg headed the times as usual after the first half-hour, after which Alonso took to the top of the times in his Ferrari.

Daniel Ricciardo was third-fastest for Red Bull ahead of a trio of Mercedes-powered cars. Lewis Hamilton, however, had an early end to his session following a technical problem.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’39.783 20
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’40.181 0.398 16
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’40.772 0.989 23
4 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’40.970 1.187 23
5 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’41.175 1.392 16
6 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’41.366 1.583 20
7 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’41.505 1.722 26
8 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’41.560 1.777 9
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’41.629 1.846 19
10 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’41.699 1.916 14
11 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’41.977 2.194 23
12 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’42.090 2.307 24
13 40 Felipe Nasr Williams-Mercedes 1’42.265 2.482 13
14 36 Giedo van der Garde Sauber-Ferrari 1’42.615 2.832 16
15 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’42.733 2.950 13
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’43.731 3.948 22
17 46 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’44.038 4.255 16
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’44.162 4.379 17
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’44.270 4.487 7
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’44.782 4.999 20
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’44.835 5.052 22
22 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1

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