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Hulkenberg top in fuel spillage delayed first Practice

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Hulkenberg top in fuel spillage delayed first Practice

Hulkenberg top in fuel spillage delayed first Practice

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg who ends this half-hour delayed session top of the time-sheet! The German pips compatriot Nico Rosberg to the honour by half a tenth with a lap of 1:44.355.

The first practice limited to just one-hour following diesel spillage delays running for half an hour. Hulkenberg ends ultimate running quickest from Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel; championship Lewis Hamilton seventh following late spin.

One-and-half hour session was reduced to an hour as workers hosed and cleansed the track following the ‘significant’ spillage from a truck that had been supposed to sweep the asphalt.

When drivers did go out, on wet tyres, it was on a slippery track with threatening rainclouds replacing the early morning sunshine.

Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was the first driver to set a time inside 25 minutes of the practice as he clocked 1:55.402, following McLaren-Honda drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso also moved towards the top of the timesheet.

The Ferraris struggled on the slippery track as Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen both ran wide at Turn 8, but eventually Vettel was able to clock the third-fastest time of 1:44.986.

“What a mess,” exclaimed Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who was third fastest, over the team radio after driving through the affected turns seven and eight.

“It is really slippy,” agreed Sauber’s Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson.

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