McLaren one-two in opening practice 11 May 2007
Lewis Hamilton might not have tested here last week, but the 22 year-old Englishman set the pace for McLaren as he headed world champion team mate Fernando Alonso in first practice for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.
After the Toyotas had set the initial pace, Alonso was the man to beat until Hamilton posted a 1m 22.165s to go quickest. He then improved that, to 1m 21.880s.
Behind him, Alonsos best was 1m 22.268s, which was enough to contain the Ferraris, at least for the time being. Kimi Raikkonen lapped his F2007 in 1m 22.291s for third-best time, Felipe Massa in 1m 22.565s. Right at the end, a medium compound run by Robert Kubica forced his BMW Sauber between the red cars, with a lap of 1m 22.446s.
Another late improver was Anthony Davidson, who jumped his Super Aguri into sixth place with 1m 22.665s, to push Toyotas Jarno Trulli (1m 22.740s) and Ralf Schumacher (1m 22.843s) down to seventh and eighth. Nico Rosberg likewise jumped Jenson Button in the closing stages, the Williams drivers 1m 23.048s lap comparing with the Englishmans 1m 23.114s for Honda.
Alex Wurz was 11th for Williams on 1m 23.131s, followed by BMW Saubers Nick Heidfeld (who only ran Bridgestones harder tyre) on 1m 23.170s. Then came Takuma Sato on 1m 23.316s in the second Super Aguri, the Renaults of Heikki Kovalainen (1m 23.322s) and Giancarlo Fisichella (1m 23.397s), David Coulthard (the only spinner of the session) on 1m 23.444s for Red Bull, team mate Mark Webber on 1m 23.479s, and Spykers Adrian Sutil on 1m 23.954s.
At the back, Toro Rosso teamsters Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed posted 1m 24.104s and 1m 24.179s respectively to top Spyker driver Christijan Alberss 1m 24.396s best.
As Fernando Alonso remarked yesterday, Fridays can be confusing. Few of the people who were quick in last week's test showed similar speed this morning, whereas Williams, who missed most of it, performed well. Things may become a little clearer this afternoon.