Hamilton Fastest in Free Practice 1 for Spanish GP

Spanish F1 Grand Prix - PracticeJust under three weeks on from the race in China, the team and drivers have travelled to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain for the first European race of the season.

Hamilton tops yet another session, but Button, Ricciardo and Alonso all looked quick too. Meanwhile, Rosberg and Vettel will be hoping for a trouble-free session this afternoon.

Vettel had an electrical issue, the German is not expected to run again today. Rosberg had an ERS cooling issue on his car and had not been solved yet by the end of FP1.

Several drivers have been fighting for grip in this session. Vergne, Sutil, and Grosjean all went off track, but were able to continue.  Perez’s incident was far more bizarre as his left wing mirror broke loose.

Mercedes have been the dominant force so far this year, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico rosberg sharing the race victories between them. Hamilton Leads the win count 3-1, but it’s Rosberg who holds the championship lead.

Firstly, the 4.655km (2.1570 miles) circuit will again feature two DRS zones. The first begins 40m after Turn 9, with the detection point 86m before the same corner. The second zone’s detection zone is on the safety car line at the entry of Turn 16, with activation occurring 157m onto the main straight.

The weather forecast suggests dry, warm conditions for all three days. Slick tyres are the only ones that will be needed this weekend.

Finally, we have a couple of driver changes to report for this morning’s first session. Giedo van der Garde replaces Esteban Gutierrez at Sauber, while Felipe Nasr steps in for Valtteri Bottas at Williams. Both Gutierrez and Bottas will be back in their respective cars for this afternoon’s FP2 session and for the remainder of the weekend.

Spanish GP Free Practice 1 Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Laps
1 44 L. Hamiton 1:27.023 Leader 17
2 22 J. Button 1:27.891 -0.868 26
3 3 D. Ricciardo 1:27.973 -0.950 21
4 14 F. Alonso 1:28.128 -1.105 23
5 6 N. Roseberg 1:28.168 -1.145 9
6 7 K. Raikkonen 1:28.337 -1.314 19
7 20 K. Magnussen 1:28.423 -1.400 27
8 13 P. Maldonado 1:28.744 -1.721 34
9 11 S. Perez 1:28.779 -1.756 18
10 19 F. Massa 1:28.791 -1.768 13
11 26 D. Kvyat 1:28.792 -1.769 24
12 27 N. Hulkenberg 1:28.828 -1.805 17
13 25 J. Vergne 1:28.859 -1.836 24
14 40 F. Nasr 1:29.272 -2.249 15
15 99 A. Sutil 1:29.688 -2.665 16
16 17 J. Bianchi 1:29.820 -2.797 22
17 8 R. Grojean 1:29.944 -2.921 21
18 36 G. Van Der Gar 1:30.440 -3.417 22
19 4 M. Chilton 1:30.748 -3.725 19
20 1 S. Vettel 1:30.942 -3.919 4
21 10 K. Kobayashi 1:30.997 -3.974 22
22 9 M. Ericsson 1:31.421 -4.398 22

 

 

 

 

 

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