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2013-03-15 07:42

FIRST BLOOD TO VETTEL: Red Bull's tripple F1 champion sets the pace during the first practice session in Australia.

MELBOURNE, Australia - Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull set the pace in Melbourne ahead of the 2013 Australian F1 GP.

Vettel set a lap time of 1min27.211, followed closely by Ferrari's Felipe Massa (1min27.289) and his team mate Fernando Alonso (1min27.547).

Mercedes' new recruit Lewis Hamilton was fourth-quickest (1min27.552) followed by Red Bull's Mark Webber (1min27.668) and Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen (1min27.877) in fifth and sixth place respectively.

There was relatively little action for the first part of the session as teams opted to preserve their tyres.

Australian Grand Prix: First practice
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1min27.211    
2 Felipe Massa  Ferrari 1min27.289    
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1min27.547        
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1min27.552    
5 Mark Webber Red Bull 1min27.668    
6 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus    1min27.877    
7 Nico Rosberg  Mercedes 1min28.013    
8 Adrian Sutil Force India 1min28.426    
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1min28.440    
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1min28.520    
11 Sergio Perez McLaren  1min28.597    
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1min28.786    
13 Paul di Resta Force India 1min28.910    
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1min29.443    
15 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1min29.928    
16 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1min30.203    
17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1min30.729    
18 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1min30.969    
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1min31.263    
20 Max Chilton Marussia 1min32.176    
21 Charles Pic  Caterham 1min32.274    
22 Giedo van der Garde  Caterham 1min32.388   

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