Rosberg tops opening practice at Shanghai
12 April 2013 – Nico Rosberg set the pace in Friday morning's opening practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, posting a personal best time of 1:36.717. The German led Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton by almost half a second, while sparring Red Bull duo Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel wound up third and fourth.
After spending Thursday recovering from the symptoms of an allergy, Hamilton eased his way into the event with the second fastest time and held a buffer of 0.487 seconds to Webber, who in turn held an advantage of almost three tenths to Vettel. Fernando Alonso wound up fifth fastest, just ahead of Jenson Button who was the early leader as McLaren attempts to get on top of the car upgrades it has brought to Shanghai.
Jules Bianchi again led the battle at the back, outpacing Marussia team-mate Max Chilton by just under a tenth of a second. Giedo van der Garde occupied 21st position, with Ma Qing Hua bringing up the rear on his first FP1 appearance for Caterham.
Friday's second practice session at Shanghai gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +8) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net Live Report