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China 2010 FP1: Button Fastest As Alonso’s Ferrari Sets On Fire

Jenson Button got his Chinese Grand Prix weekend underway with a fastest time in free practice one.  The current world champion set a time that was just hundreths of a second faster than Nico Rosberg in 2nd and his team mate Lewis Hamilton in 3rd.

Heavily criticised  former champion Michael Schumacher was 4th, with the Red Bull’s in 5th and 8th respectively as they diced with the factory Renault’s.

Ferrari had a disappointing session with Fernando Alonso managing half a lap before his engine imploded and coughed out flames, while Felipe Massa only managed 10th place.

Pos Driver          Team                     Time       Gap    Laps
 1. Button          McLaren-Mercedes         1m36.677s           15
 2. Rosberg         Mercedes                 1m36.748s  +0.071   17
 3. Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes         1m36.775s  +0.098   19
 4. Schumacher      Mercedes                 1m37.509s  +0.832   14
 5. Vettel          Red Bull-Renault         1m37.601s  +0.924   20
 6. Kubica          Renault                  1m37.716s  +1.039   17
 7. Petrov          Renault                  1m37.745s  +1.068   25
 8. Webber          Red Bull-Renault         1m37.980s  +1.303   17
 9. Sutil           Force India-Mercedes     1m38.008s  +1.331   13
10. Massa           Ferrari                  1m38.098s  +1.421   19
11. Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m38.161s  +1.484   19
12. Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari           1m38.375s  +1.698   21
13. de la Rosa      Sauber-Ferrari           1m38.421s  +1.744   19
14. Hulkenberg      Williams-Cosworth        1m38.569s  +1.892   20
15. di Resta        Force India-Mercedes     1m38.618s  +1.941   26
16. Barrichello     Williams-Cosworth        1m38.678s  +2.001   17
17. Buemi           Toro Rosso-Ferrari       1m39.939s  +3.262    5
18. Trulli          Lotus-Cosworth           1m41.531s  +4.854   22
19. Kovalainen      Lotus-Cosworth           1m41.779s  +5.102   23
20. Glock           Virgin-Cosworth          1m41.830s  +5.153   20
21. di Grassi       Virgin-Cosworth          1m42.181s  +5.504   27
22. Senna           HRT-Cosworth             1m43.875s  +7.198   23
23. Chandhok        HRT-Cosworth             1m43.949s  +7.272   20
24. Alonso          Ferrari                  no time              6

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