The first free practices of the year began today at 12:30pm. They saw Nico Rosberg as being an absolute leader. The Star monopolizes the trio ahead.Let’s review this Friday afternoon spent at the Albert Park with two teams stayed in their pits and some new issues for McLaren…
Weather report: sunny, T. air: 19°C and T. track: 36-40°C
Before the opening of the FP1, Nico Rosberg and his mechanics had a photoshoot in front of the Mercedes garage. They wore a red nose for a foundation (http://sutton-images.com/previews/dcd1513ma314.jpg). The joke was over from he was on track. He led during the whole session (1st benchmark at 12:39pm in 1’31’’319 before improving at 12:54pm in 1’29’’557). Lewis Hamilton, second (+0’’029s), still writes his GP column for the “BBC” (http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/formula1/31850325). Valtteri Bottas has occupied the third position (+1’’191s). Both of Carlos Sainz and Jos Verstappen have enjoyed their respective sons’ performances, classified fourth and sixth (advantage for Carlos Sainz Jr). Sebastian Vettel, fifth, has had the fastest speed of the line-up (320,6 Km/h). Felipe Massa, watched by his brother Dudu in the Williams garage, has appeared at the seventh row. Kimi Räikkönen has signed the eighth time. Both of Pastor Maldonado and Daniel Ricciardo have been at the end of the top 10. Daniil Kvyat, eleventh, has outstripped both Sahara Force India boys (advantage for Sergio Perez). The Indian team said on its twitter account (@forceindiaf1): “The morning programme features setup work, which means lots of feedback shared between drivers and engineers. #AusGP.” McLaren had to make its program shorter than expected because of a small mechanical issue with a power-unit component. Jenson Button, fourteenth, has been followed by his team-mate “K-Mag”. Romain Grosjean has been the good last one without any time. Sauber didn’t take part in the FP1 because of the court issue that is going on. The trial will continue later this afternoon. The Dutchman hasn’t got any superlicense so the FIA won’t allow him to run this weekend. He will have to wait for Sepang. Manor had to stay in its garage because of their engine software issues. The drivers have completed 17 laps in average (max=32 for Carlos and minimum=5 for Romain).
(credit pic: newscom.com)