Texas welcomes 2012 Formula 1 USGP: Vettel is Quickest in 1st Practice Session

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Welcome to Austin Texas US F1 GP!

Formula 1 touches down on US soil and Austin Texas provides a warm welcome.  The 2012 Formula 1 USGP takes place at the Circuit of the Americas™ this weekend, Nov 16-18.

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RedBull of Sebastian Vettel

Championship leader, Sebastian Vettel, wasted no time and was quickest in Friday’s first practice session.  Engineers predicted a theoretical quickest lap time of 1 minute 39 seconds.  However, Vettel decided that was too slow as he posted a time of 1:38:125 on his last lap of the 90 minute session.  Vettel did 30 practice laps in total.  This was also more than a second quicker than the time posted by second quickest Lewis Hamilton.

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Lewis Hamilton

All 24 drivers racked up a lot of practice laps in an effort to learn this brand new track.  There were many slides and some spins, but no major accidents in the first session.  Nico Rosberg worked the hardest – he turned 32 laps.

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Kimi Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen took the honors of being the first racer ever on this brand new track.

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Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov


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