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Australia GP – Friday Practice Results: 4th!

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Solid progress from the morning session saw Kimi and Romain improve to sit side-by-side in P4 / P5 at the Albert Park circuit this afternoon; a positive start as all eyes now turn to tomorrow’s qualifying session

Pos  Driver                Team                  Time       Gap     Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m25.908            33
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m26.172s  + 0.264  31
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m26.322s  + 0.414  26
 4.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m26.361s  + 0.453  37
 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus Renault         1m26.680s  + 0.772  30
 6.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m26.748s  + 0.840  35
 7.  Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes              1m26.772s  + 0.864  28
 8.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m26.855s  + 0.947  32
 9.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1m27.435s  + 1.527  34
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.187s  + 2.279  34
11.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.294s  + 2.386  30
12.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m28.311s  + 2.403  37
13.  Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.566s  + 2.658  32
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m28.627s  + 2.719  31
15.  Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.772s  + 2.864  33
16.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m28.852s  + 2.944  36
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m28.968s  + 3.060  35
18.  Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault      1m29.386s  + 3.478  38
19.  Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth     1m29.696s  + 3.788  30
20.  Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault      1m30.165s  + 4.257  37
21.  Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth     1m30.600s  + 4.692  34
22.  Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault      1m32.450s  + 6.542  11

Team Quotes

Kimi Raikkonen – 6th/4th: “It’s good for the season to start and the car felt pretty strong out there. I don’t think we’re the fastest but it’s a good start. It was nice to have a reliable day after spending some time in the garage during testing. The track was as I remembered it and there were no surprises from it or the car. We’ll have to see what happens tomorrow with qualifying as maybe it will be a bit cooler. I’m happy so far this weekend.”

Romain Grosjean – 10th/5th: “It feels great to be out on circuit and on such a lovely day too. The track felt good and the car felt better. It took a while for the grip to come to us, but you expect that on a street circuit. We made good progress with set-up on the car over both sessions and I think there’s more to come which is promising.”

James Allison, Technical Director: “It’s been a steady start so far. The car has run reliably and reasonably quickly, but we feel there’s more to come from it. Broadly it’s been a successful day in terms of the programme we had in mind for these opening sessions, with both tyre compounds, our latest aero package and a few setup tweaks all given sufficient time for assessment. There’s still work to be done, but we’re certainly running with the leading group which bodes well for the rest of the weekend.”

Practice 1Report

Blue skies and glorious sunshine bathed the Albert Park circuit this morning as Formula 1 2013 burst into action here in Melbourne. A solid start for Kimi and Romain in P6 / P10; the weekend has only just begun…

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap       Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m27.211s            16
 2.  Felipe Massa         Ferrari               1m27.289s  + 0.078s  17
 3.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m27.547s  + 0.336s  16
 4.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m27.552s  + 0.341s  18
 5.  Mark Webber          Red Bull-Renault      1m27.668s  + 0.457s  18
 6.  Kimi Raikkonen       Lotus-Renault         1m27.877s  + 0.666s  17
 7.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m28.013s  + 0.802s  17
 8.  Adrian Sutil         Force India-Mercedes  1m28.426s  + 1.215s  19
 9.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.440s  + 1.229s  19
10.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m28.520s  + 1.309s  15
11.  Sergio Perez         McLaren-Mercedes      1m28.597s  + 1.386s  19
12.  Nico Hulkenberg      Sauber-Ferrari        1m28.786s  + 1.575s  19
13.  Paul di Resta        Force India-Mercedes  1m28.910s  + 1.699s  18
14.  Pastor Maldonado     Williams-Renault      1m29.443s  + 2.232s  20
15.  Valtteri Bottas      Williams-Renault      1m29.928s  + 2.717s  19
16.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m30.203s  + 2.992s  17
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m30.729s  + 3.518s  17
18.  Daniel Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m30.969s  + 3.758s  19
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Cosworth     1m31.263s  + 4.052s  24
20.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Cosworth     1m32.176s  + 4.965s  23
21.  Charles Pic          Caterham-Renault      1m32.274s  + 5.063s  21
22.  Giedo van der Garde  Caterham-Renault      1m32.388s  + 5.177s  18

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