It was the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg who led the Red Bull pair of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber in an incident-filled first practice session in Japan on Friday morning.

Lewis_Hamilton-Japanese_GP-P01Hamilton quickly took control of proceedings at the challenging Suzuka circuit, setting a series of fastest times, culminating in 1m 34.157s to beat team mate Rosberg’s 1m 34.487s by 0.330s. The German briefly overshot the chicane towards the end of the 90 minutes while seeking to go faster.

The Red Bulls weren’t far behind, however, with Sebastian Vettel on 1m 34.768s and Mark Webber right on his tail with 1m 34.787s in an RB9 built-up around a new chassis following his crash and fire during last week’s race in Korea.

Felipe Massa led Ferrari’s challenge with 1m 35.126s, with hard-trying team mate Fernando Alonso wheel-locking his way to 1m 35.154s meanwhile Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were also in the mix for Lotus, with 1m 35.179s and 1m 35.364s respectively.

See full Japanese GP Practice 1 results below:

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:34.157 19
02. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:34.487 19
03. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:34.768 24
04. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:34.787 20
05. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.126 14
06. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:35.154 16
07. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:35.179 15
08. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:35.364 17
09. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.450 27
10. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:35.635 19
11. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:35.868 22
12. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:35.900 18
13. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:36.066 20
14. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:36.165 19
15. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:36.178 12
16. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:36.340 23
17. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:36.399 18
18. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:36.760 22
19. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 1:37.595 22
20. Finland Heikki Kovalainen Caterham F1 Team 1:37.629 8
21. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:38.025 15
22. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 1:38.763 18

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