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Practice One - Kubica puts Renault on top 26 Mar 2010

Robert Kubica (POL) Renault R30.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 26 March 2010 More problems for Kobayashi as the front wing comes off the BMW Sauber and he finds himself beached in gravel Force India reserve driver Paul Di Resta gets a run-out in the first session in place of Sutil Lucas di Grassi (BRA) Virgin Racing VR-01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Australian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, Friday, 26 March 2010

Robert Kubica got Renault's Australian Grand Prix campaign off to a fine start with the fastest time in Friday morning's opening practice session. The Pole took his R30 round in 1m 26.927s, making him the only driver to breach the 1m 27s mark.

Behind him, Nico Rosberg won a tussle with the McLarens, lapping his Mercedes in 1m 27.126s to head Jenson Button on 1m 27.482s. Lewis Hamilton was fourth for a long time on 1m 27.793s but slipped to seventh as Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso improved for Ferrari while sandwiching Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel. Their respective times were: Massa 1m 27.511s; Vettel 1m 27.686s; Alonso 1m 27.747s.

There were two red flags, both occasioned by BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi. In the first he lost his front wing after clobbering a plastic marker cone; in the second the replacement wing appeared to become detached. He ended up 18th on 1m 31.588s after walking home the second time.

Sebastien Buemi took eighth place for Toro Rosso on 1m 28.014s, just ahead of Russian rookie Vitoly Petrov in the second Renault with 1m 28.114s and Tonio Liuzzi in the lead Force India on 1m 28.192s.

The session marked Paul di Resta's first official run for Vijay Mallya's team, and the young Scot impressed by lapping close to Liuzzi with 1m 28.537s for 11th. This left him ahead of Michael Schumacher, who again appeared to struggle for Mercedes with 1m 28.550s.

Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari was 13th on 1m 28.572s with local hero Mark Webber 14th for Red Bull on 1m 28.683s after one off-course moment in Turn Six.

It wasn't a great day for BMW Sauber as Pedro de la Rosa stopped out on the circuit with undisclosed mechanical problems after lapping in 1m 29.465s for 15th ahead of the Williams of Rubens Barrichello (1m 29.712s) and Nico Hulkenberg (1m 30.249s).

Behind Kobayashi, the three new teams had a grand little scrap which ended in Jarno Trulli's favour by a whisker from Lotus team mate Heikki Kovalainen, the duo lapping in 1m 31.652s and 1m 31.654s respectively. The Finn stopped out on the track on the last lap.

Lucas di Grassi chased them with 1m 32.831s for 21st in his Virgin ahead of Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok. The HRT drivers both had minor offs, the Brazilian lapping in 1m 33.401s, the Indian in 1m 34.251s. Timo Glock brought up the rear with 1m 34.925s in the second Virgin.