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FP1 - Ferrari set the early pace in Spain

13 May 2016

Sebastian Vettel led team mate Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari made full use of their soft tyres to top the timesheet in first practice at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday morning.

PRACTICE ONE RESULTS

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:23.951 22
2 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:24.089 +0.138s 18
3 6 Nico Rosberg ROS Mercedes 1:24.454 +0.503s 34
4 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:24.611 +0.660s 33
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing 1:25.416 +1.465s 25
6 33 Max Verstappen VES Red Bull Racing 1:25.585 +1.634s 29
7 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Williams 1:25.672 +1.721s 36
8 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 1:26.078 +2.127s 19
9 19 Felipe Massa MAS Williams 1:26.186 +2.235s 32
10 14 Fernando Alonso ALO McLaren 1:26.243 +2.292s 18

Mercedes, who unlike the Prancing Horse only used Pirelli’s medium compound rubber, were half a second back, with championship leader Nico Rosberg edging Lewis Hamilton in the fight for third.

Max Verstappen, making his debut for Red Bull, was a solid sixth behind new team mate Daniel Ricciardo, while Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat ended up in 12th, four spots and half a second down on the other STR11 of Carlos Sainz.

Esteban Ocon, participating in FP1 in place of Jolyon Palmer, had a disappointing session for Renault, completing just six untimed laps before being halted by a technical issue.

Sergio Perez also experienced mechanical woes, though Force India were able to repair his car and return the Mexican to the track before the end of the session.

While the top quartet were in a league of their own - and the Red Bulls completed a mini-group with Williams' Valtteri Bottas - it was very close behind, with less than one second covering Sainz in eighth down to Perez in 14th.

That grouping included the second Williams of Felipe Massa, McLaren's Fernando Alonso, Renault's Kevin Magnussen, Kvyat and Perez's team mate Nico Hulkenberg.

While Alonso therefore earned McLaren's heavily-revised MP4-31 a place in the top 10, team mate Jenson Button was far less happy. He finished 19th - 1.4s down on Alonso - and complained of handling issues during the 90-minute session.

Haas's Romain Grosjean was also unhappy, labelling his car a 'disaster' in low-speed corners. The Frenchman - who along with team mate Esteban Gutierrez did not set a time in the opening half of the session - wound up 16th, with Gutierrez one spot further back.

The session was also notable for a couple of off-track moments in Turn 1 for Hamilton, whose Mercedes is using a new MGU-H after his recent problems, one for Raikkonen, and a spin by Massa in Turn 5.