2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

03:02
We will be back for second practice at 4.30pm local time (GMT +11)
03:02
Stay tuned to the website for a session report plus the full results list
03:01
Bottas and Massa follow for Williams, with Ricciardo's Red Bull and the Mercedes of Rosberg completing the top six
03:01
Alonso stays fastest for Ferrari, half a second clear of Button
03:01
The chequered flag comes out
03:00
The Frenchman put a wheel on the grass under braking
03:00
Vergne runs through the gravel trap at Turn 3
03:00
Pace-setter Alonso brings his final run to an end
02:58
They quickly apply the brake coolers to the RB10
02:58
Red Bull mechanics are now running to the other side of the pit lane, as Vettel's car is called into the weighbridge
02:58
Chilton is wheeled back to the Marussia garage after stopping at the end of the pits
02:54
Massa is another to run wide at the first corner
02:53
Far from a smooth start to Lotus's weekend...
02:52
Replays show some smoke coming from Maldonado's cockpit
02:54
The car pulls up shortly after the pit lane speed limit line, with Lotus mechanics now pushing it back to the garage
02:52
He slides into the Turn 13 gravel trap before making his way back to the pits
02:51
The Venezuelan is running extremely slowly
02:49
Maldonado takes the E22 out for the first time
02:49
The Spaniard has been conducting shorter runs so far today
02:48
Alonso heads back out, completing another practice start at the end of the pit lane
02:47
This is a new cockpit display that is capable of showing many more parameters
02:46
He is running with the new PCU-8D, designed by McLaren Electronic Systems
02:45
"Still can't find my lap time on the steering wheel," says Button over the radio
02:42
Six cars are currently lapping, including Button, Ricciardo and Rosberg
02:39
02:39
Alonso still leading the way for Ferrari, half a second clear of Button
02:38
We could be about to see the team's first lap of the day
02:38
Maldonado is now seated in his Lotus
02:37
Vettel now breaks into the top ten
02:36
Vettel has just gone 13th with his first flyer of the day
02:35
There are now 15 lap times on the board
02:33
He clipped a trolley being held by one of his mechanics, but all involved escaped injury
02:33
Replays show Chilton getting his pit box entry slightly wrong
02:32
We're into the final half an hour of the session
02:29
Alonso retakes the top spot with a 1:31.840
02:28
Toro Rosso, like many other teams, is still getting used to brake-by-wire
02:28
The Frenchman says he has "no idea what will happen" under braking
02:27
Vergne mirrors his team-mate's off-track excursion at Turn 1
02:26
That's not as disastrous as it could have been, but still an unwanted issue
02:25
Mercedes reports that an oil pressure alarm led to Hamilton's engine shutting down
02:23
Replays show Kvyat running wide at the first corner
02:23
That leaves Lotus alone at the bottom of the list with no mileage
02:21
Vettel finally heads out for Red Bull
02:20
02:21
Ericsson is out of his car and in standard Caterham clothing. The Swedish rookie's session is already over due to technical issues
02:20
Raikkonen moves up to fifth, despite running wide between Turns 13 and 14
02:18
"Still struggled with the front on that lap," says Ricciardo over the radio
02:16
Button reports rear locking, particularly at the final two corners
02:14
That's just over two tenths faster than Alonso
02:13
Button goes quickest on 1:32.357
02:11
02:11
Still no sign of reigning World Champion Vettel. Here he is on the pit wall...
02:08
The McLaren driver completed a successful practice start on the way out
02:07
Button, a three-time winner in Melbourne, breaks the silence
02:04
Another period of silence, after the free rubber is used up
02:00
As we pass the half-hour mark, the extra set of Medium tyres must now be put aside
02:00
As a reminder, Pirelli is supplying its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) tyres this weekend
01:58
Alonso takes P1 with a time of 1:32.588
01:57
Also a scary moment for Force India's Perez
01:57
The Australian gets away with it
01:57
Ricciardo runs extremely wide at Turn 12
01:56
Just Vettel, Grosjean and Maldonado yet to complete a lap
01:56
Chilton has made it out in the Marussia
01:54
Alonso is second, just over three tenths back
01:54
Rosberg goes fastest on a 1:32.784
01:54
Hamilton is now back in the paddock, having hitched a lift from a scooter
01:51
Bottas has displaced Magnussen, while Rosberg, Vergne and Button have also posted times
01:50
Ricciardo continues to find time, now breaking into the 1m34s
01:48
Ricciardo improves to 1:35.168 at the front
01:47
Magnussen goes P2, half a second back on Ricciardo
01:45
Ricciardo posts the first time of the weekend, clocking a 1:37.290
01:44
Magnussen also heads out for a second run
01:43
Ricciardo ends that spell in the Red Bull
01:42
The track has fallen silent for the time being
01:41
A full story is now available on the main page of the website
01:40
Some news has just come in from Lotus, with Federico Gastaldi being appointed as its new Deputy Team Principal
01:38
Plenty of work going on in the Red Bull garage at the moment
01:38
Vettel, Chilton, Grosjean and Maldonado are the only drivers yet to appear
01:37
That stoppage follows a full power unit change, which will concern the Silver Arrows
01:36
The Briton steps out of his car, with marshals on the scene
01:36
Hamilton's Mercedes has ground to a halt, with smoke coming from the rear
01:33
Plenty of cars now out on installation laps
01:31
Sutil and Magnussen quickly follow
01:31
Alonso is the first driver out for Ferrari
01:30
The pit lane opens and F1 2014 is go!
01:28
Just a few minutes until the first 90 minute session begins
01:21
Here is a full overview of the changes for your viewing pleasure: http://www.gpupdate.net/en/f1-news/307466/overview-what-s-new-in-formula-1-2014/
01:20
So much is new this season, with overhauled regulations, fresh driver line-ups and the addition of circuits to the calendar
01:19
This is it. Car launches have been and gone, testing has been staged... now we're ready for Formula 1 2014 to get underway
01:18
Hello and welcome to live coverage of opening free practice for the Australian Grand Prix!