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Australian GP 2010: Kubica Fastest In FP1

Robert Kubica took advantage of a clear track in the early part of the first free practice session in Australia to set the fastest lap time.  The Polish driver, who was impresive in his early years with BMW Sauber has taken the bull by the horns in attempting to return Renault to glory, and he looks like he is going the right way about it.

The yellow and black car, sporting more new sponsors, set a time that was 2 tenths of a second quicker than Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes.

World Champion Jenson Button was 3rd, just ahead of Felipe Massa by hundredths of a second.  First race winner Alonso was 6th.

Paul di Resta was 11th on his Friday test debut for Force India.

The new teams did ok once again, with the HRTs moving themselves off the bottom of the timesheets with Timo Glock being slowest for Virgin.

Pos  Driver         Team                   Time              Laps
 1.  Kubica         Renault                1:26.927            22
 2.  Rosberg        Mercedes               1:27.126  + 0.199   18
 3.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.482  + 0.555   22
 4.  Massa          Ferrari                1:27.511  + 0.584   18
 5.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault       1:27.686  + 0.759   23
 6.  Alonso         Ferrari                1:27.747  + 0.820   21
 7.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes       1:27.793  + 0.866   22
 8.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.014  + 1.087   21
 9.  Petrov         Renault                1:28.114  + 1.187   25
10.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes   1:28.192  + 1.265   18
11.  di Resta       Force India-Mercedes   1:28.537  + 1.610   25
12.  Schumacher     Mercedes               1:28.550  + 1.623   19
13.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari     1:28.572  + 1.645   21
14.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault       1:28.683  + 1.756   22
15.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari         1:29.465  + 2.538   13
16.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth      1:29.712  + 2.785   18
17.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth      1:30.249  + 3.322   26
18.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari         1:31.588  + 4.661   5
19.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth         1:31.652  + 4.725   13
20.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth         1:31.654  + 4.727   26
21.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth        1:32.831  + 5.904   25
22.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth           1:33.401  + 6.474   24
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth           1:34.251  + 7.324   19
24.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth        1:34.924  + 7.998    8

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