Shanghai: McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in a first practice session for Formula One’s Chinese Grand Prix in misty and damp conditions on Friday.
With early drivers struggling on the slippery track, the best times were not set until the top drivers were able to use slick dry weather tyres late in the session.
Sauber’s Sergio Perez a career-best second in the preceding Malaysian GP set the fourth best time, just ahead of his teammate Kamui Kobayashi in fifth.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, McLaren’s Jenson Button, then Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top 10.
A number of drivers slipped on the wet track in the early part of the session, but there were no major incidents.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa lost his grip and ran off the track, crossing a grass strip before he was able to regain control and return to the track.