|Kimi - First man on track|
Caution was apparent in all drivers as the story of Friday Practice 1 was dominated by the level of grip on the track. Being a new track surface, together with a low track temperature and hard tyres, the level of grip was low at the start of the session resulting in cars slithering all over the place. Vitaly Petrov and Nico Hulkenberg both had spins and Turn 19 saw lots of drivers using the run off area to steady themselves round the corner.
Kamui Kobayashi clocked up the first timed lap, achieving a 1.48. From there, the lap times began to plummet as the track evolved and rubber got laid down. Unsurprisingly, the quickest times were posted by Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren. Sebastian Vettel ended the session 1.4 seconds faster than Fernando Alonso, a precedent hopefully not set to run the length of the weekend.
|Spectator view from the top of turn 1.|
If the first Friday practice session was anything to go by, this race could be won by the driver who has the deepest understanding of the tyres, and the way they work on this very underdeveloped track surface.