The timesheets had a familiar look to them after first practice in India on Friday as Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel – the only man to have ever won at the New Delhi circuit – set the quickest time.

The German, who can wrap up his fourth title this weekend, set a best time of 1m 26.683s to edge team mate Mark Webber, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean while Fernando Alonso had to retire early from the session with gearbox problems.


Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:26.683 24
02. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:26.871 17
03. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:26.899 23
04. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:26.990 20
05. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:27.227 21
06. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27.335 23
07. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:27.416 23
08. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:27.692 21
09. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:27.770 19
10. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:27.800 23
11. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.035 25
12. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:28.214 6
13. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:28.336 18
14. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:28.342 21
15. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:28.468 20
16. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:28.538 18
17. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:28.730 18
18. United Kingdom James Calado Sahara Force India 1:29.197 22
19. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:29.413 24
20. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 1:29.560 20
21. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:30.026 23
22. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 1:30.471 17