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Australia 2010 - Free Practice 1 highlights - Full coverage as first practice is completed at Albert Park

Published by Mr. C

The morning session in Melbourne saw plenty of on track action, almost from the start. Check out the full results of Free Practice 1, but if you want to relive the session as it happened, read on!

As it happened: 2010 Australia - Free Practice 1

  • 01:02

    A very good morning to everybody. There are just under 30 minutes to go before the first Free Practice session of the Australian Grand Prix weekend gets underway.

  • 01:08

    via @Jamesallenonf1: Track surface here is low grip so we'll be watching out for softer tyres graining like last year. Track very dusty at the outset

  • 01:12

    Sidepodcast live commenting for this session can be found found here.

  • 01:13

    For UK viewers, the BBC video feed page is now available. Live text updates can be found beneath the video.

  • 01:15

    @InsideFerrari: Here we are at the Scuderia Ferrari garage. Just 20 minutes to the start of FP1. Pit-stop practice has been done until few minutes ago.

  • 01:18

    5Live begin broadcasting commentary in less than 10 minutes. The number to text them on in the UK is, 81111. You can also tweet questions to @5LiveF1.

  • 01:20

    Keep an eye on McLaren's live timing system from their homepage, for updates from both cars. timing from all cars can be found here (registration required).

  • 01:24

    Of note, Paul de Resta will be taking part in his first Friday practice session of the season today.

  • 01:25

    TV stream has begun.

  • 01:27

    Weather data from the circuit:

    • Track temp: 36 degrees
    • Ait temp: 25 degrees
    • Wind speed: 4.3 mps
    • Humidity: 32 percent
  • 01:28

    @alexjsnell: 1st practice in 5 mins & the grandstands r filling up already! Such a welcome contrast to bahrain, there's a real atmosphere here!

  • 01:30

    Paul is sitting at turn 1 for this session.

  • 01:30

    Trulli in the Lotus is the first man on the track.

  • 01:31

    Paul di Resta is driving Sutil's car for this session.

  • 01:33

    Lewis is asked to check brake balance.

  • 01:34

    Installation laps for everyone except Schumacher who remains in the garage.

  • 01:36

    All cars return to the pitlane.

  • 01:37

    Lewis is happy with the newly positioned wing mirrors.

  • 01:38

    Michael finally exists the pitlane.

  • 01:39

    McLaren drivers told they have 12 minutes before beginning there first timed run.

  • 01:42

    A picture from Amy sitting at Clark stand.

  • 01:46

    Track temp increasing, now 41 degrees. Air temp remains the same.

  • 01:48

    Ted Kravitz says Sam Michael thought McLaren were "Having a laugh", with the size of their starter motor diffuser hole.

  • 01:51

    Bruno Senna puts in the first timed lap of the weekend - 1.39.329.

  • 01:55

    Autosport note that "Senna lost time in the second sector on his third timed lap". He's now returned to the pits.

  • 02:01

    Lucas, Heikki and Karun are currently circling the track.

  • 02:03

    Hamilton joins the fray. Petrov took to the track just ahead of him.

  • 02:04

    Heikki drops the benchmark to 1.36:810.

  • 02:05

    Jeremy send a photo from Fangio.

  • 02:07

    Hamilton's first flying lap, and he puts in a 1.30.076!

  • 02:11

    A red flag, brings runs to an abrupt end.

  • 02:11

    Ted Kravitz confirms the Virgin Racing fuel tank is too small to finish a race. Approx 12 litres too small.

  • 02:14

    Red flag was brought out after Kobayashi left the track and discarded part of his wing on the circuit.

  • 02:15

    Track is now clear, session is green.

  • 02:18

    Only 12 drivers have set a laptime thus far. 41 minutes remain.

  • 02:22

    Jenson Button goes fastest with a 1.17.798, before Rosberg beats that time with a 1.27.659.

  • 02:24

    Lewis has requested to pit this lap.

  • 02:27

    A big sigh from Trulli in the pits. He's out of his car as the team remove the engine cover.

  • 02:28

    2nd red flag of the session.

  • 02:29

    Looks like Kobayashi had a front wing failure at turn 3. Pitched the car into the wall. Debris everywhere.

  • 02:30

    Kobayashi is fine and the car is lifted over the barriers.

  • 02:32

    The clock continues to count down. The session restarts in 30 secs.

  • 02:34

    Current fastest sectors:

    • Sector 1: Button (284kph)
    • Sector 2: Button (292kph)
    • Sector 3: Petrov (293kph)
    • Trap: Hamilton (306kph)
  • 02:38

    Track temp now dropped to 33 degrees, due to cloud cover.

  • 02:41

    @MikeGascoyne says: "Heikki doing a long run to the flag".

  • 02:43

    Heikki managed a keep going after a small spin at T9.

  • 02:44

    Only six cars remain in the pits. 15 minutes remain on the clock.

  • 02:49

    More problems for Sauber as de la Rosa pulls to a stop in the circuit. Bringing out the yellow flag.

  • 02:56

    Ted Kravitz reports that Schumacher is happier this weekend, and is more conformable in the car.

  • 02:59

    Holly Samos notes Timo Glock's car suffered a leak this session. He's only managed 8 laps.

  • 03:01

    The timer hits zero and FP1 comes to an end.

  • 03:02

    Kovalainen brings his car to a stop. He doesn't make it back to the pitlane.

  • 03:03

    Top 5: Kubica, Rosberg, Button, Massa, Vettel

  • 03:19

    Full results from Free Practice 1.

  • 03:20

    That concludes coverage of Australia - Free Practice 1. Join us in two hours time for updates on FP2.

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