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Button set tops first practice, McLaren lead, as Buemi had a huge crash



Jenson Button set fastest on first practice session in Shanghai. He is the fastest of the session, ahead of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, M Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel. Alonso’s Ferrari bad feel for engine failure and then Buemi had a huge crash when his wheels flew off luckily he’s in good health.

Among ambient temperature at 15°C, it was a cool morning of performance for all who turned up at the Shanghai; but, just being at the track was a bonus for some team members subsequent instants of intense panic over the course of the last 24 hours due to European flight cancellations, all down to the now notorious cloud of volcanic ash which makes its way across from Iceland. Back on the track, exterior temperatures ultimately get to 29°C (84°F) on a dry and bright morning although rain is predictable to hit the venue on race day. For the first time this season, Lotus were not first out of the pits on Friday as Force India reserve driver Paul di Resta (Vitantonio Liuzzi’s) car – was first to go by the green light.

By all bystanders intimately watching the McLarens – whose f-duct system is predictable to result in a clear advantage on Formula 1’s longest straight – Lewis Hamilton lead the timesheets for part of the session while Button finally recorded the best time of 1:36.677, just 98 thousandths of a second earlier than his team-mate and 71 thousandths up on Nico Rosberg, who controlled to slot his Mercedes works car among the two Working cars to make sure an all Mercedes-powered top three.

2010 Chinese GP: Practice 1 results

Position Driver Time Team laps
1 J Button 1:36:677 McLaren 15
2 N Rosberg 1:36:748 Mercedes 17
3 L Hamilton

1:36:775 McLaren 19
4 M Schumacher 1:37:509 Mercedes 14
5 S Vettel 1:37:601 Red Bull

6 R kubica

1:37:716 Renault 17
7 Vitaly Petrov 1:37:745 Renault 25
8 M Webber

1:37:980 Red Bull

9 Adrian Sutil

1:38:008 Force India

10 F Massa 1:38:098 Ferrari 19
11 J Alguersuari 1:38:161 Toro Rosso

12 K Kobayashi 1:38:375 BMW 21
13 P De La Rosa 1:38:421 BMW 19
14 N Hulkenberg 1:38:569 Williams 20
15 P Di Resta 1:38:618 Force India 26
16 R Barrichello 1:38:678 Williams 17
17 S Buemi 1:39:939 Toro Rosso 05
18 Jarno Trulli 1:41:531 Lotus F1

19 H Kovalainen 1:41:779 Lotus F1 23
20 T Glock 1:41:830 Virgin 20
21 Lucas di Grassi 1:42:181 Virgin 27
22 Bruno Senna 1:43:875 HRT 23
23 K Chandhok 1:43:949 HRT 20
24 F Alonso

Ferrari 06

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