IF you were looking for signs of life in Lewis Hamilton’s defense of his world championship, then today’s Free Practice 1 session at the US Grand Prix in Austin could be it.

The current world champ is behind 33 points to his teammate Nico Rosberg and he needs to win the remaining four races as well as see some sort of issues befall his teammate denying him second-place finishes in the remaining races in order to have a chance at becoming the 2016 champion.

Having said that, Lewis opened his bank account this weekend with a great lap at the Circuit of the Americas and led the first practice session:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.428s 25
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.743s 0.315s 27
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m39.379s 1.951s 28
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m39.407s 1.979s 21
5 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m39.712s 2.284s 27
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m39.776s 2.348s 30
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m39.963s 2.535s 26
8 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m39.988s 2.560s 15
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.131s 2.703s 16
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m40.140s 2.712s 26
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.191s 2.763s 27
12 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.287s 2.859s 16
13 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m40.362s 2.934s 26
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m40.826s 3.398s 15
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m40.970s 3.542s 15
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.170s 3.742s 17
17 Alfonso Celis Force India/Mercedes 1m41.422s 3.994s 27
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m41.663s 4.235s 21
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m41.942s 4.514s 22
20 Jordan King Manor/Mercedes 1m42.012s 4.584s 29
21 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m42.332s 4.904s 31
22 Esteban Ocon Manor/Mercedes 1m43.874s 6.446s 27

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