Vettel Leads P1

The first practice session of the 2013 season ended with Sebastian Vettel on top.

The triple World Champion set a time of a 1m27.211 leading Massa, Alonso, Hamilton and Webber in the top 5.

The session started slowly with just the Marrusia and Toro Rosso cars running within the first half an hour.

The rest of the drivers then took to the circuit to begin their preparations for the weekend. There were minor errors from Sergio Perez, Lewis Hamilton, Pastor Maldonado, Jules Bianchi and Esteban Gutierrez who all ran wide off the circuit, whilst Guido van der Garde took to the grass at turn one. With just 2 minutes left of the session, Paul di Resta ran a tyre onto the dirt and slid of the circuit and into the gravel.

The big talking point was the degradation of the new Pirelli tyres after 10 laps, after which plenty of drivers gained significant oversteer, forcing errors into corners and at the exit.


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