Rosberg top in the morning, Massa leads the way in the afternoon.

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Updated: April 12, 2013

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Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa topped the times in morning and afternoon practice on the first day of the UBS Chinese Grand Prix.

Last years winner Nico Rosberg stormed to the front in the morning, with team mate and winner in 2008 and 2011 Hamilton, coming home second, almost half a second off the pace.

Rosberg clearly enjoys his time in China having led the race at some point in the last 3 years. Last years win was the first time a German driver had won a Formula 1 race in a German car and was also the first race win for Mercedes since 1955.

Red Bull team mates Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel secured third and fourth, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button filling fifth and sixth.

1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:36.717
2. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:37.171
3. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:37.658
4. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:37.942
5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:37.965
6. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:38.069
7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:38.095
8. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:38.125
9. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:38.398
10. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:38.561
11. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:38.790
12. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:39.057
13. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:39.158
14. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 1:39.180
15. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:39.336
16. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:39.360
17. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams – Renault 1:39.392
18. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:40.032
19. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:41.966
20. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia – Cosworth 1:42.056
21. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham – Renault 1:42.083
22. Ma Qinghua (China) Caterham – Renault 1:43.545

The afternoon belonged to Felipe Massa as he again showed he has the pace to beat his team mate Alonso. On the soft tyre, the Brazilian stormed to the quickest time of the day with a 1m 35.340 and on this form he could make it a fifth consecutive race that he out qualifies his team mate.

Kimi Raikkonen, winner of Formula One’s Melbourne season-opener in March, was second fastest for Lotus in 1:35.492 underlining yet again that he will be a threat this season.

Fernando Alonso came home third completing an impressive day for Ferrari.

Rosberg and Hamilton concentrated on longer runs in the afternoon, coming home in fourth and seventh respectively, with Webber and Button in between them.

This will be the tenth staging of the race in Shanghai with no less than 6 former winners taking to the grid on Sunday, Raikonnen, Alonso, Hamilton, Rosberg, Button and Vettel all past winners.

1. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:35.340
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:35.492
3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:35.755
4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:35.819
5. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:36.092
6. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:36.432
7. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:36.496
8. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:36.514
9. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes 1:36.595
10. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:36.791
11. Sergio Perez (Mexico) McLaren 1:36.940
12. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:36.963
13. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari 1:37.103
14. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:37.206
15. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:38.127
16. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams – Renault 1:38.185
17. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Sauber – Ferrari 1:38.211
18. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:38.276
19. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia – Cosworth 1:38.725
20. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham – Renault 1:39.271
21. Charles Pic (France) Caterham – Renault 1:39.814
22. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia – Cosworth 1:43.227