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Vettel fastest in first India practice

Just one session in, but Red Bull and Vettel show no signs of slowing down their surge. Jenson Button marked second best time.
Friday, October 26, 2012

NEW DELHI, Oct 26, 2012 (AFP) - World champion Sebastian Vettel topped the times in opening free practice on Friday for the Indian Grand Prix, underlining his standing as the man to beat this weekend.

The 25-year-old German steered his Red Bull to a fastest lap of one minute 27.619 seconds in the 90-minute session at the Buddh International Circuit, three-tenths of a second ahead of nearest rival Jenson Button of McLaren.

Vettel, who snatched the lead in the drivers' standings two weeks ago in South Korea, delivered his best lap in the closing stages of a busy session during which Button's team-mate and compatriot Lewis Hamilton, who will switch teams to Mercedes next season, was fastest until the final minutes.

Two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari, who is six points behind Vettel in this year's championship with four races remaining, was third fastest ahead of Hamilton and fifth-placed Australian Mark Webber in the second Red Bull.

German Nico Rosberg was sixth for Mercedes ahead of Brazilian Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari. The retirement-bound seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher, 43, was eighth in the second Mercedes.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was ninth for Toro Rosso, ahead of Finn Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus.

Below the times for the first practice session (FP1) for the Indian Grand Prix: 

Pos No Driver Team Times Gap Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:27.619   22
2 3 Jenson Button McLaren 1:27.929 0.310 22
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:28.044 0.425 24
4 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:28.046 0.427 25
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:28.175 0.556 22
6 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.447 0.828 25
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:28.542 0.923 24
8 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:28.993 1.374 23
9 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:29.204 1.585 24
10 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:29.291 1.672 24
11 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:29.691 2.072 26
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India 1:29.760 2.141 23
13 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber 1:29.802 2.183 18
14 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:29.850 2.231 19
15 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:29.895 2.276 19
16 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:30.041 2.422 26
17 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:30.401 2.782 23
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham 1:30.630 3.011 24
19 20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:30.896 3.277 20
20 15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:31.212 3.593 29
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia 1:31.903 4.284 22
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT 1:32.125 4.506 24
23 24 Timo Glock Marussia 1:32.369 4.750 19
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT 1:32.859 5.240 13

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