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Ferrari lead low-key first practice 12 May 2006

Ferrari F248 F1 in the pits.
Formula One World Championship, Rd6, Spanish Grand Prix, Preparations, Barcelona, Spain, 11 May 2006

Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher set the fastest times for Ferrari in this morning’s first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix.

After the rain this morning had upset things a little in GP2 practice, the session began on a damp but drying track. For much of it only Anthony Davidson (Honda), Alexander Wurz (Williams), Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber), Neel Jani (Toro Rosso), Robert Doornbos (Red Bull) and Giorgio Mondini (Midland) ventured out. Later however Franck Montagny emerged from the Super Aguri pit, only to grind to a halt with a hydraulic failure on his out lap. Team mate Takuma Sato was more successful and completed nine laps.

Most others did installation laps only, and neither Ferrari went out until the final five minutes. McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen did not go out at all. In the end, Massa lapped in 1m 15.796s, Schumacher in 1m 16.099s, but these are early days and things will be much faster this afternoon.

Wurz was third on 1m 16.125s, from Kubica on 1m 16.628s and Davidson on 1m 16.961s. Doornbos was sixth with 1m 17.424s, with Jani next on 1m 19.720s, Mondini on 1m 20.708s and Sato on 1m 20.744s.