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China 2011 - Free Practice 1 // F1 makes its way to Shanghai for another set of practice sessions

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Eric and Vitaly prepare for the weekend
Eric and Vitaly prepare for the weekendCredit: Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

It's been a bit of a journey for our teams to get to China, but now that we're all in place, it's time for the action to begin. We've got 90 minutes of practice coming up, and although it's in the early hours of the morning UK time, hopefully there will be plenty to see to reward those staying up or getting up.

Red Bull will likely continue to be fast, with Mark Webber on a mission to prove he can compete with his speedy teammate. McLaren and Ferrari are both on the hunt to keep up with them - one of the teams more successful than the others.

Free Practice 1 should get underway at 3am GMT+1, which is 10am local time, so place your bets on who will lead the way early on.

Statistics

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Shanghai International Circuit, Friday

26℃

  • Low 12℃
  • Humidity 73%

Thundery showers

2010 Session Results
PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1J ButtonMcLaren1:36.67715
2N RosbergMercedes1:36.74817
3L HamiltonMcLaren1:36.77519
4M SchumacherMercedes1:37.50914
5S VettelRed Bull1:37.60120

One to Watch

For this first session, Lotus have taken the unusual step of swapping out both their regular drivers and allowing two reserves in their place. As you can imagine, Karun Chandhok has not yet been allowed back in the car, so two others will be driving.

While Lotus will have two test drivers in action for first practice - Valsecchi and Razia replacing Trulli and Kovalainen. #F1

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Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli will resume duties in FP2.

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It's been a bit of a journey for our teams to get to China, but now that we're all in place, it's time for the action to begin. We've got 90 minutes of practice coming up, and although it's in the early hours of the morning UK time, hopefully there will be plenty to see to reward those staying up or getting up.
Andrew Ferraro/LAT Photographic

Event start

03:00GMT +01:00

15 April 2011