2014 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

04:31
We will be back at 2pm local time (GMT +8)
04:30
There is now a sizeable break before the weekend's second practice session
04:30
Alonso remains on top for Ferrari, ahead of Rosberg and Ricciardo
04:29
The chequered flag comes out, bringing FP1 to an end
04:29
Williams carrying out some pit-stop practice as the clock ticks down
04:27
He posts a time, leaving Raikkonen as the only driver without a flying lap
04:26
Marussia has managed to get Bianchi back out for the final few minutes
04:26
Kvyat has another spin, this time at Turn 14
04:24
Rosberg also had a moment under braking for Turn 6
04:23
Replays show Vettel running wide at Turn 10
04:23
A quick front wing change for pace-setter Alonso
04:21
Rosberg up to second, cutting Alonso's lead to four tenths
04:19
"It's harsher but faster," his engineer replies
04:19
Kvyat reports "really harsh" upshifts on his latest run
04:18
Perez is out of his Force India, with mechanics working on a DRS fix
04:14
Alonso, Ricciardo, Button, Kvyat and Chilton are circulating
04:13
Grosjean has pitted, but plenty of other cars are now lapping
04:14
Grosjean, who celebrated his 28th birthday yesterday, again alone on track
04:01
Replays show some bodywork flicking up from van der Garde's Sauber
04:00
Raikkonen and Bianchi are the only drivers without times at the moment
03:55
03:54
Ferrari mechanics still working on the front of Raikkonen's car
03:53
Ricciardo goes P2, just under a second behind Alonso
03:53
Some flow-vis paint on the front-left of Ricciardo's car
03:52
Alonso breaks into the 1m39s to go quickest
03:51
Vettel moves into the top five moments later
03:51
Vergne goes third, six tenths adrift of Rosberg
03:51
Button says his engine "isn't pulling as well" as his first run
03:48
Replays show the Toro Rosso driver simply running wide
03:48
Kvyat spins at Turn 1, but manages to recover and continue
03:47
03:47
Gutierrez is now seated in the Sauber, suggesting his clutch problem has been fixed
03:46
Kvyat told that the track is clear and that he can focus on the tyres and brakes
03:43
Grosjean goes seventh, albeit still it more than a second back on Rosberg
03:39
Raikkonen is reportedly struggling with a front-end issue
03:39
Grosjean the only driver lapping at present
03:38
Ricciardo studies telemetry data in his Red Bull cockpit
03:36
Massa is talking to engineers in the Williams garage
03:35
Raikkonen heads out for the first time this weekend
03:33
All drivers are in the pit lane at the moment, as the extra tyres are handed back
03:30
03:25
Lots of drivers locking up in the cool conditions
03:25
Rosberg improves to a 1:40.840 on his next flying lap
03:24
Alonso slots into second, with Hamilton third
03:23
Huge lock-up for Perez at the penultimate corner
03:22
Rosberg moves to the front of the order with a time of 1:41.063
03:22
Button currently leads the way, ahead of McLaren team-mate Magnussen
03:20
Rosberg explains over the radio that there is some more rain falling
03:18
Marussia reports that Bianchi suffered a fuel system issue on his installation lap
03:15
03:12
Replays show the Venezuelan looking down at his steering wheel before the off
03:10
Maldonado suffers a bizarre, low-speed spin on the exit of Turn 9
03:08
Sauber reports a clutch problem on Gutierrez's car, with an expected 40-minute delay
03:07
Ericsson reports "a tiny bit of rain" on his install run but "nothing to worry about"
03:05
Bahrain race winner Hamilton completes an exploratory lap
03:04
Lotus mechanics working on Maldonado's car – the Venezuelan starts the weekend with a five-place grid penalty for his collision with Gutierrez in Bahrain
03:02
Plenty of drivers heading out for early install laps
03:00
Green flag. Magnussen is the first driver out on track
03:00
03:06
Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde is getting his second FP1 run of the season this morning, as is Williams counterpart Felipe Nasr
02:53
Air and track temperatures are sitting at 15°C and 17°C ahead of the session
02:51
The first is situated along the back straight, with the second on the main straight
02:51
There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
02:51
As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) tyres to China
02:59
Red Bull also lost its appeal over Daniel Ricciardo's Australian GP exclusion
02:50
Stefano Domenicali has stepped down, with Marco Mattiacci taking his position
02:49
In the time between races, there has been a major development at Ferrari
02:49
We enter the weekend on the back of a thriller in Bahrain, which saw Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg go head-to-head for victory
02:48
It's a chilly, overcast morning at the Shanghai International Circuit
02:48
Welcome to live text coverage of opening practice for the Chinese Grand Prix!