2014 Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

07:50
Hello and welcome to live coverage of opening practice for the Austrian Grand Prix!
07:51
F1 has returned to Spielberg after an 11-year break, at the renamed Red Bull Ring
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While the track layout is effectively the same as it was in its A1-Ring days, investment from the Austrian drinks company has greatly improved facilities
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Pirelli is supplying its Super Soft (Red) and Soft (Yellow) tyres this weekend
07:54
In terms of DRS, the FIA has placed two zones on the circuit
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The first activation area comes along the start/finish straight, with a second zone following between the Remus and Schlossgold corners
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With drivers eager to get to grips with the track, there will be no reserves in FP1
07:59
Air and track temperatures are currently sitting at 13°C and 20°C respectively
08:01
The green light comes on at the end of the pit lane and first practice is underway!
08:01
Massa is the first driver out for Williams
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Plenty more drivers heading out early on
08:02
As expected, all drivers are on the Soft tyres
08:02
Massa is back after his installation lap
08:03
Alonso leaves the pits, his Ferrari covered in flow-vis paint
08:04
Hamilton is told that rain is in the area and could arrive midway through the session
08:05
All 22 drivers have been out for install laps
08:07
Rosberg puts the first time on the board, lapping in 1:19.641
08:08
Moments later, Hamilton clocks a 1:18.702 to move ahead of his team-mate
08:09
Rosberg and Hamilton improve to the 1m15s next time around, with the German in front
08:13
Into the 1m13s for the Mercedes drivers, with Hamilton edging ahead
08:14
Rosberg reports that his car has cut out and slowly heads back to the pits
08:14
Hamilton had to react quickly to avoid the back of Rosberg's slow-moving car
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Rosberg makes it back to the Mercedes garage
08:16
Replays show Massa locking up and running into the gravel at Turn 3
08:16
Hamilton lowers the FP1 benchmark to 1:12.255
08:18
Rosberg is out of his car as mechanics set about a fix
08:18
Replays show a piece of bodywork flying off Perez's Force India
08:19
Hamilton says rain is beginning to fall at Turn 4
08:19
Ericsson's Caterham has ground to a halt at the exit of the pit lane
08:20
The Swede jumps out of his car, with marshals on the scene to help
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Replays show Ericsson's car simply running out of power after the first corner
08:21
Ericsson begins the short walk back to the pit lane
08:24
Massa goes second, 0.245s down on pace-setter Hamilton
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Williams team-mate Bottas is up to third position
08:25
Raikkonen is told to make an engine mode adjustment
08:26
Alonso improves to split the Williams drivers
08:27
Button puts his McLaren third with a neat and tidy lap
08:28
Raikkonen and Hulkenberg now slot behind Hamilton, one tenth down
08:31
We've passed the 30-minute mark of the session, meaning the extra set of Soft tyres must be handed back to Pirelli
08:33
A brief lull as changes are carried out up and down the pit lane
08:37
Ericsson's car is now being pushed down the pit lane and back to the Caterham garage
08:38
McLaren rookie Magnussen breaks the silence
08:41
Button has joined his team-mate on the circuit
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Sauber driver Gutierrez is also lapping
08:43
Magnussen finds some time and moves up to fourth
08:45
Magnussen goes second with another improvement
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Gutierrez locks up and runs wide at the first corner
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Hamilton is reminded to stay to the right of the white line when entering the pits
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Rosberg is back out on track, with his early issues seemingly fixed
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Rosberg goes straight to the top of the times, clocking a 1:11.295
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Button up to second, between the Mercedes drivers
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Umbrellas are going up in the grandstands as rain arrives
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Just a few drops at the moment, so drivers should be able to stay on slicks
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"It should clear soon," Ricciardo is told over the radio
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Replays show Vergne running wide at Turn 8
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His team-mate, Kvyat, did the same a few minutes earlier
08:58
Sauber confirms that Sutil's session is over due to a broken turbo hose
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Replays show Bianchi running wide at Turn 1
09:01
McLaren mechanics are furiously cleaning the garage floor, with Magnussen leaving two clear tyre marks on his way out of the pit lane
09:03
Perez and Hulkenberg are up to third and fourth in the Force Indias
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Vettel has a huge moment at the final corner
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The Red Bull driver ran over the exit kerbs and was sent into a wild spin
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He narrowly avoided the barriers and ultimately continued on his way
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A few relieved faces on the Red Bull pit wall!
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Vettel says the car should be "OK" but is not so sure about the state of his tyres
09:07
Raikkonen and Grosjean are the latest drivers to run wide at the first corner
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Hamilton goes second, 0.140s down on team-mate Rosberg
09:08
Ricciardo joins Vettel in having a wild moment at the final corner
09:09
All cars back in the pits as the rain gets heavier
09:15
Just under 15 minutes left on the clock
09:16
Kvyat is back out for Toro Rosso
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He is followed by team-mate Vergne and Force India's Perez
09:20
Lots of cars lapping in the closing stages
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Replays show Hamilton running wide at Turn 1
09:21
Raikkonen is told that there is now a tail-wind heading into the first corner
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Maldonado takes a trip through the Turn 3 gravel trap
09:23
Rosberg is out of his car and watching from the pit wall with a few minutes to spare
09:24
Vergne has another moment at Turn 8
09:26
We're into the final five minutes of the session
09:29
No more improvements being made as FP1 nears its conclusion
09:30
The chequered flag comes out, signalling the end of first practice
09:30
Rosberg remains fastest, 0.140 seconds ahead of team-mate Hamilton
09:31
Alonso is closest to them in third position
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report plus the latest news and photos
09:31
We will be back for FP2 which begins at 2pm local time (GMT +2)