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:

01.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:34.15719
02.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:34.48719
03.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:34.76824
04.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:34.78720
05.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:35.12614
06.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:35.15416
07.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:35.17915
08.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:35.36417
09.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:35.45027
10.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:35.63519
11.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:35.86822
12.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:35.90018
13.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:36.06620
14.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:36.16519
15.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:36.17812
16.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:36.34023
17.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:36.39918
18.Mexico Esteban GutiƩrrezSauber F11:36.76022
19.France Jules BianchiMarussia F11:37.59522
20.Finland Heikki KovalainenCaterham F1 Team1:37.6298
21.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:38.02515
22.United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F11:38.76318

Info: Image: Mercedes GP