Hamilton quickest in first US session

By on Friday, October 31, 2014
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the first practice session for the United States Grand Prix as Formula 1 returned from a three-week break at the Circuit of the Americas.

Hamilton ended the session with a time of 1:39.941, 0.292s clear of Mercedes team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg.

Jenson Button, who will drop five places from wherever he qualifies due to a gearbox change, was third fastest for McLaren.

Daniil Kyyat was fourth fastest in the Toro Rosso while Kevin Magnussen ended the session in fifth place, having topped the times early on.

Fernando Alonso claimed sixth place, ahead of reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.

Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr returned to the cockpit of the FW36 and looked assured on his way to the eighth fastest time as he stood in for Valtteri Bottas.

Nico Hülkenberg was ninth quickest for Force India despite not setting a time during the opening 30 minutes, while 2015 Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen rounded out the top 10 on his second official outing for the Italian squad.

Felipe Massa headed Kimi Raikkonen, with Pastor Maldonado in 13th after a spin at Turn 6.

Adrian Sutil survived a spin on the exit of Turn 19 to finish 14th, ahead of Sergio Perez and Esteban Gutierrez.

Daniel Ricciardo sat out most of the session due to an Energy Recovery System problem while Romain Grosjean rounded out the field after suffering a few minor problems with his Lotus E22, which ran with a modified front end.

144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:39.941
26Nico RosbergMercedes1:40.2330.292
322Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:40.3190.378
426Daniil KvyatSTR-Renault1:40.8870.946
520Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes1:40.9871.046
614Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:41.0651.124
71Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing-Renault1:41.4631.522
840Felipe NasrWilliams-Mercedes1:41.5451.604
927Nico HulkenbergForce India-Mercedes1:41.7221.781
1038Max VerstappenSTR-Renault1:41.7851.844
1119Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes1:41.9071.966
127Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:41.9652.024
1313Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault1:42.3292.388
1499Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari1:42.3332.392
1511Sergio PerezForce India-Mercedes1:42.3592.418
1621Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari1:42.5162.575
173Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing-Renault1:42.5982.657
188Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault1:43.2293.288

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