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

Jenson Button and McLaren hold on to day one honours as rain affects opening day of Australian Grand Prix.
1. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 27.560s
2. Lewis Hamilton Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 27.805s
3. Michael Schumacher Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 28.235s
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 28.360s
5. Mark Webber Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 28.467s
6. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 28.683s
7. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 28.908s
8. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 29.292s*
9. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Williams-Renault 1m 29.415s
10. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Lotus-Renault 1m 29.565s
11. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Sauber-Ferrari 1m 29.722s
12. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 29.790s
13. Paul di Resta Britain Force India-Mercedes 1m 29.881s
14. Bruno Senna Brazil Williams-Renault 1m 29.953s
15. Sergio Perez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 30.124s
16. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 30.515s
17. Heikki Kovalainen Finland Caterham-Renault 1m 30.586s
18. Felipe Massa Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 30.743s
19. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 31.178s
20. Vitaly Petrov Russia Caterham-Renault 1m 31.983s
21. Timo Glock Germany Marussia-Cosworth 1m 32.632s*
22. Charles Pic France Marussia-Cosworth 1m 34.770s*
23. Narain Karthikeyan India HRT-Cosworth 1m 42.627s*
24. Pedro de la Rosa Spain HRT-Cosworth no time

all times unofficial

* denotes driver setting time in second of two 90-minute sessions

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Dee - Unregistered

March 16, 2012 8:01 AM

Before everyone gets into the whole "(insert team name) has no hope for the season. (insert driver name) is the greatest" arguments, let's just remember this is only Friday practice, with both sessions on a dry track. McLaren 1-2 for the day, yet they were only 15th and 16th in session 2. So are they fast or not? The answer is that we don't know and we won't know until Saturday qualifying, so let's skip all the ridiculous name-calling until then, please.

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