F1 2013

Barcelona FP1 – Forza Ferrari

Ferrari was fastest in a largely superfluous First Practice Session for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, as Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa set the pace. A deluge swept the Catalunya circuit early in the morning and left the track abandoned for the first 40 minutes of the day as teams and drivers elected not to risk their cars and themselves in the tricky conditions.

When running commenced in earnest it was Mercedes that set the early benchmarks, with Hamilton and Rosberg comfortably setting fastest sector times. Toro Rosso proved to be on the ball too, with Daniel Ricciardo and Jean Eric Vergne repeatedly setting fastest times as they pre-empted the rest of the field on tyre choice for the drying circuit.

McLaren didn’t demonstrate the full potential of their update package, with Jenson Button not even setting a lap time after a bargeboard came loose from his MP4/28. Sergio Perez was 13th. Red Bull set a similar conservative strategy and focused on update intelligence-gathering work, meaning Vettel and Webber were well down the order come the chequered flag. Valterri Bottas, Adrian Sutil and Romain Grosjean all set competitive laptimes in the wet conditions.

FP2 will follow.

1 Alonso Ferrari 1:25:252
2 Massa Ferrari +0.203
3 Vergne Toro Rosso +0.415
4 Grosjean Lotus +0.790
5 Sutil Force India +0.960
6 Hamilton Mercedes +1.122
7 Bottas Williams +1.204
8 Raikkonen Lotus +1.362
9 Rosberg Mercedes +1.369
10 Di Resta Force India +1.503
11 Ricciardo Toro Rosso +1.688
12 Hulkenberg Sauber +1.809
13 Perez McLaren +1.883
14 Gutierrez Sauber +1.998
15 Maldonado Williams +2.324
16 Van Der Garde Caterham +3.518
17 Bianchi Marussia +3.635
18 Kovalainen Caterham +3.925
19 Vettel Red Bull +4.205
20 Webber Red Bull +4.221
21 Gonzalez Marussia +5.062
22 Button McLaren No Time

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