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.
|10||Di Resta||Force India||+1.503|
|16||Van Der Garde||Caterham||+3.518|