Lewis Hamilton logs fastest time in wet opening practice at Australian Formula One GP
Williams driver Felipe Massa steers off track during the first practice session at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix. AP

MELBOURNE, Australia — Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in first practice for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, though a wet track at the Albert Park street circuit meant there was little meaningful running on Friday.

Hamilton best lap was 1:29.725 seconds — 3.4 seconds slower than last year's pole position time — and that was four tenths of a second faster than Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull. Local favorite Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg were third and fourth.

Heavy morning showers created a wet track, and intermittent showers through the session meant there were only two brief windows of a few minutes each in which drivers were able to use dry-weather tires.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was not able to complete a lap.

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