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Hamilton quickest on new Indian track

The Brit -along with Sergio Pérez- was also hit by three-place grid penalty for Sunday's race. He was followed by Vettel and Webber who marked the 2nd and 3rd best times.
Friday, October 28, 2011

GREATER NOIDA, India, Oct 28, 2011 (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton's season took another turn for the worse Friday when he was hit by a three-place grid penalty for ignoring a safety flag in practice for the Indian Grand Prix.

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The 2008 champion for McLaren, who has struggled this season and recently split from his pop-star girlfriend, timed fastest in opening practice as he aims to end his year on a high.

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But Hamilton will be unable to start from the front row in Sunday's race after his sanction for ignoring yellow flags warning him that marshalls were close to the track.

Sauber's Mexican driver Sergio Perez received an identical penalty for ignoring flags at the same turn.

Hamilton had clocked 1min 26.836sec with his final run, nosing ahead of Red Bull's newly re-crowned world champion Sebastian Vettel and his Australian team-mate Mark Webber.

Hamilton's McLaren partner Jenson Button was fourth, followed by seven-time title-winner Michael Schumacher in his Mercedes.

But Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was one of three drivers who came to grief on the dusty Buddh International Circuit near New Delhi as he stopped his car on a service road and sat disconsolately under a giant TV screen.

Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari span into the barriers and Pastor Maldonado was forced out of the session when his Williams car started spewing smoke.

The first ever run on Buddh International Circuit was also briefly halted when a stray dog ran onto the track. The 90-minute second session got under way without incident.

Below are the results for the 2011 Indian Grand Prix first practice session.

POS
No.
DRIVER
TEAM
TIME
GAP
LAPS
1
3
Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
1:26.836
22
2
1
Sebastian Vettel
RBR-Renault
1:27.416
0.580
23
3
2
Mark Webber
RBR-Renault
1:27.428
0.592
27
4
4
Jenson Button
McLaren-Mercedes
1:28.394
1.558
23
5
7
Michael Schumacher
Mercedes
1:28.531
1.695
23
6
8
Nico Rosberg
Mercedes
1:28.542
1.706
29
7
6
Felipe Massa
Ferrari
1:28.644
1.808
22
8
14
Adrian Sutil
Force India-Mercedes
1:28.705
1.869
23
9
18
Sebastien Buemi
STR-Ferrari
1:29.219
2.383
24
10
16
Kamui Kobayashi
Sauber-Ferrari
1:29.355
2.519
29
11
15
Paul di Resta
Force India-Mercedes
1:29.700
2.864
24
12
10
Vitaly Petrov
Renault
1:29.705
2.869
22
13
9
Bruno Senna
Renault
1:29.799
2.963
20
14
17
Sergio Perez
Sauber-Ferrari
1:30.132
3.296
25
15
11
Rubens Barrichello
Williams-Cosworth
1:30.367
3.531
21
16
19
Jaime Alguersuari
STR-Ferrari
1:30.566
3.730
19
17
12
Pastor Maldonado
Williams-Cosworth
1:30.669
3.833
22
18
21
Jarno Trulli
Lotus-Renault
1:30.818
3.982
22
19
20
Karun Chandhok
Lotus-Renault
1:32.487
5.651
24
20
24
Timo Glock
Virgin-Cosworth
1:32.771
5.935
24
21
23
Daniel Ricciardo
HRT-Cosworth
1:34.113
7.277
30
22
22
Narain Karthikeyan
HRT-Cosworth
1:33.928
7.092
27
23
25
Jerome d'Ambrosio
Virgin-Cosworth
1:35.796
8.960
19
24
5
Fernando Alonso
Ferrari
1:35.899
9.063
4

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