Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso ended the first session of Formula One racing’s new turbocharged hybrid 1.6-litre V6 engine era on top, as the 2014 season got underway in Australia on Friday.

Fernando_Alonso-Australian_GP-T01This race is the first in Formula One racing’s new turbocharged hybrid 1.6-litre V6 engine era, and the sense of excitement at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit is palpable.  Having shown great pace in pre-season testing, Mercedes and Williams enter the race in Melbourne as favourites, but the truth is that nobody knows for sure what to expect.

As was the case last season, Formula One racing’s tyre suppliers Pirelli will provide two compounds of dry tyre for each race, and for Australia they’ve chosen the white-marked medium and yellow-marked soft compounds. One of the seven sets of medium tyres available to each driver can only be used in the first 30 minutes of this session and must be handed back to Pirelli after the session.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:31.840 20
02. United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1:32.357 23
03. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing 1:32.403 27
04. Brazil Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 1:32.431 19
05. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:32.599 26
06. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:32.604 17
07. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:32.793 10
08. Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1:32.847 28
09. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:32.977 19
10. France Jean Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.446 30
11. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:33.533 23
12. Mexico Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 1:33.855 24
13. Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.272 27
14. Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:35.578 7
15. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1:36.445 13
16. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:40.859 6
17. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 1:46.922 4
18. Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team no time 1
19. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas no time 1
20. Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team no time 1
21. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team no time 2
22. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team no time 0