F1 » Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne - Friday free practice (combined times)

Red Bull sets pace throughout opening day of 2013 F1 season, with world champion Sebastian Vettel fastest of all in Melbourne.

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March 15, 2013 8:11 AM

For Jenson, to be buttoned to the midfield comes as no surprise. Sergio will take some time to get used to the car , it's anyone's guess how well he will perform by mid-season.
Hamilton, and Rosberg, look like good partners trading places.
Paul di Resta, looks set to be embarrassed all season.

BWR - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 9:13 AM

@Button No Grip

Clearly you have never driven a race car. The harder he pushes the slower the car will be.

He has not even raced the car yet and already slagging him off, obviously a fan of Lulu.

Anyway, I think there are some one lap fast cars and some fast long distance cars = An exciting race

jim crint - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 10:45 AM

Looked like Lewis was the one with no grip in FP2!

Looks like McLaren are this years Ferrari!! Dam! They can develop a car like no-one else but perhaps an evolutionary approach might have been the way to go.

The only chance they've got this weekend is if the conditions are mixed in quali and the race. Great to see Massa throwing it around.

ab - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 11:25 AM

the biggest concern for everyone is that redbull generally run their cars at 7 during practice while everyone else generally runs at 9. When they are 1 and 2 in practice, they usually blitz the weekend. Mercedes usually give it everything.

Just to throw it out there my prediction - Qually 1-vettel, 2-raikkonen, 3-webber, 4-hamilton, 5-alonso

Anyone else care to guess? Happy return to f1 everyone! enjoy the race :)

Chris - Unregistered

March 15, 2013 3:35 PM

@ Mark - and Rosberg was quicker in pre-season testing.
Worth noting too that Schumacher this time last year was 3rd quickest in FP1 and quickest in FP2 before everyone gets too carried away with Mercedes "improved" pace this year.

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