2014 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

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