Felipe Massa

Australian GP – An encouraging start

Melbourne, 15 March – Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso ended the first free practice session of the Australian Grand Prix and indeed of the season, in second and third places respectively in their Ferraris. As usual, during the first 90 minutes of track action, there was very little grip to be found on the semi-permanent Albert Park circuit. Sebastian Vettel was quickest for Red Bull in 1.27.211, with Massa doing 1.27.289 in his F138, while Alonso posted a 1.27.547. After concentrating on an evaluation of the new Medium Pirelli compound and testing different aero set-ups, the Scuderia ended the session with some pit stop practice.

Classification  

Pos

    Driver                    Team  Time   Gap   Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:27.211 16
2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.289 0.078 17
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:27.547 0.336 16
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:27.552 0.341 18
5 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:27.668 0.457 18
6 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:27.877 0.666 17
7 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:28.013 0.802 17
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:28.426 1.215 19
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.440 1.229 19
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:28.520 1.309 15
11 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.597 1.386 19
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:28.786 1.575 19
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:28.910 1.699 18
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:29.443 2.232 20
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:29.928 2.717 19
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:30.203 2.992 17
17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:30.729 3.518 17
18 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:30.969 3.758 19
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:31.263 4.052 24
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:32.176 4.965 23
21 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:32.274 5.063 21
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:32.388 5.177 18