Hamilton leads FP1, Merc back to its regularly scheduled program

Rumors of Mercedes AMG Petronas’s stiff competition from Ferrari and waning advantage may be premature as cool temperatures and windy conditions found both the Mercs on top of the time sheets for Friday Free Practice 1:

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m39.033s21
2Nico RosbergMercedes1m39.574s0.541s21
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1m40.157s1.124s18
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m40.661s1.628s27
5Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m41.012s1.979s18
6Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m41.029s1.996s21
7Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m41.097s2.064s24
8Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m41.112s2.079s23
9Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m41.303s2.270s23
10Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m41.304s2.271s17
11Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m41.335s2.302s23
12Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m41.575s2.542s28
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m41.845s2.812s19
14Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m41.918s2.885s24
15Jolyon PalmerLotus/Mercedes1m41.967s2.934s25
16Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m42.141s3.108s22
17Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m42.161s3.128s20
18Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m42.184s3.151s19
19Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m45.379s6.346s18
20Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari1m46.443s7.410s20
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I am totally encouraged that we will have a awesome season. Like we have all said about 3 years ago, IF/WHEN Lewis finds his footing in life with balancing inside-outside mental game, he will be a literal machine. Last year we saw it happen post-Spa. Rosberg may have lost the mental game, but look at Ferrari and Kimi! Daniel R! I am so totally impressed with FN at Sauber, and McLaren is starting to make some huge gains! West Coast qualy tonight prep underway…drinks ready, Twitter up, let’s do this.