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Practice One - McLarens lead the way as Vettel crashes 07 Oct 2011

Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren MP4/26. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 7 October 2011 Vettel ploughs through the gravel trap after his mistake at Degner One Paul di Resta (GBR) Force India VJM04.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 7 October 2011 Sergio Perez (MEX) Sauber C30. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 7 October 2011 Karun Chandhok (IND) Team Lotus T128 Reserve Driver. 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Suzuka, Japan, Friday, 7 October 2011

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton made good use of an aggressive new DRS on their McLarens to lead the first practice session here in a warm and sunny Suzuka on Friday morning. Title contender Button headed his team mate by 0.091s with a lap of 1m 33.634s to 1m 33.725s, leaving the former 0.456s ahead of Sebastian Vettel on 1m 34.090s.

Points leader Vettel could not match the silver cars as all of the leading runners stuck to Pirelli’s medium tyres, and eventually the Red Bull driver ran wide in Degner One trying to go quicker right at the end of the session, and nosed his RB7 gently into the tyre barrier on the outside of Degner Two.

Behind them, Fernando Alonso was in touch with 1m 34.372s for Ferrari, just ahead of Mark Webber on 1m 34.426s in the other Red Bull.

Jaime Alguersuari was next up in sixth for Toro Rosso on 1m 34.937s, then came Ferrari’s Felipe Massa on 1m 35.585s, Sebastian Buemi in the other Toro Rosso on 1m 35.590s, and Michael Schumacher in the leading Mercedes on 1m 36.033s. Vitaly Petrov completed the top 10 for Renault on 1m 36.370s, just ahead of team mate Bruno Senna who lapped his R31 in 1m 36.487s.

Then came Nico Hulkenberg (in action in place of Adrian Sutil during Practice One), and Paul di Resta in their Force Indias, sandwiching local hero Kamui Kobayashi in the lead Sauber. The German posted 1m 36.700s, the Japanese 1m 36.948s and the Scot 1m 36.949s.

Sergio Perez had a small moment in the chicane and later lapped his Sauber in 1m 37.103s for 15th, ahead of fuel-heavy Nico Rosberg on 1m 38.197s in the second Mercedes and Rubens Barrichello in the lead Williams on 1m 38.331s. The Brazilian had an off-track excursion in the chicane early on, while team mate Pastor Maldonado went off the road in Turn Six in the Esses around the same time and was unable to continue. He finished 18th on 1m 38.446s.

Behind the Venezuelan, Jarno Trulli headed Team Lotus partner Karun Chandhok (in for Heikki Kovalainen during Practice One), with 1m 39.168s to 1m 39.946s, while Timo Glock managed 1m 40.872s in the faster Virgin compared to team mate Jerome D’Ambrosio’s 1m 41.019s.

Daniel Ricciardo was HRT’s faster runner on 1m 41.106s, with Narain Karthikeyan (in for Vitantonio Liuzzi during Practice One), 24th and last after recording 1m 41.775s.

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