Posted on October 11, 2013


Champion-elect Sebastian Vettel set the pace on the first day of practice at Suzuka today, with Mercedes and Lotus well matched in pursuit and hoping to find a way to spring a surprise on him. Vettel finished ahead of team mate Mark Webber and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen fourth. Lewis Hamilton was not able to set a representative time as he had to back off on his qualifying simulation and ended up sixth. Webber was using a replacement chassis this weekend after the accident and fire in Korea last weekend. His replacement at Red Bull More…



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