Practice One - McLaren set Spanish standard 07 May 2010
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button said they hoped for dry conditions here, and they got them in the first session of practice for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. The 2008 world champion lapped his McLaren MP4-25 half a second faster than his team mate, 1m 21.134s to 1m 21.672s, and the only man who got anywhere near them was Michael Schumacher, who lapped straight away in 1m 21.716s when he went out in his revamped Mercedes.
Then came the Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, virtually inseparable on 1m 22.011s and 1m 22.026s, with Nico Rosberg hard on their heels with 1m 22.070s in the other Mercedes.
Robert Kubica and Vitaly Petrov also went well for Renault, sandwiching Fernando Alonso's Ferrari in seventh and ninth places. Kubica lapped in 1m 22.202s, Alonso in 1m 22.258s and the Petrov in 1m 22.397s.
With Felipe Massa 12th on 1m 22.975s it's safe to say Ferrari were doing their usual Friday thing of not pursuing outright lap times.
Kamui Kobayashi completed the top 10 for BMW Sauber with 1m 22.492s, but team mate Pedro de la Rosa was out of luck after his car stopped at the end of what should have been his first flying lap and he never got out of the pits thereafter so did not record a time.
Sebastien Buemi was back in the groove with 1m 22.588s for 11th place for Toro Rosso, then Paul di Resta showed well for Force India with 1m 23.030s for 13th ahead of Jaime Alguersuari on 1m 23.110s in the second Toro Rosso and Vitantonio Liuzzi in the second Force India on 1m 23.284s. The Williams FW32s of Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg were 16th and 17th, the German coasting to halt with possible engine failure after they had posted 1m 23.312s and 1m 23.471s respectively.
Heikki Kovalainen showcased the progress that Mike Gascoyne promised at Lotus with 1m 25.329s for 18th, ahead of team mate Jarno Trulli on 1m 26.244s, the Virgins of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi on 1m 26.340s and 1m 26.694s respectively, and Christian Klien's return to active Formula One duty in Karun Chandhok's HRT saw him half a second faster with 1m 27.250s than team mate Bruno Senna, who lapped his F110 in 1m 27.752s.
There were a few incidents; De la Rosa spun, Senna, Rosberg, Vettel and Kovalainen all had brief off-road moments, and Button ran over some debris exiting the pits.