Free practice 1 – interactive chart

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Paul di Resta made his usual Friday appearance for Force India
Paul di Resta made his usual Friday appearance for Force India

View all the lap times from the first free practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya on the interactive chart below.

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Ferrari sent Felipe Massa out much earlier than usual as they conducted tests of their new blown rear wing. Fernando Alonso used the new system at first then had it removed ahead of his final stint so the team could judge the difference between the two.

As usual the Red Bull drivers did not seen to be going for outright pace but both their drivers headed a session around the halfway mark, indicating they are on the pace. Mark Webber’s final run was at or near full fuel load.

McLaren ended the session on top of the times, as they often have this year, having said they are focussing on improving their qualifying performances.

Further down the field the Virgin-Lotus battle is made especially interesting by both teams bringing major updates for their cars this weekend.

Although Heikki Kovalainen’s best lap time brought Lotus within two seconds of the midfield, he did it late in the session having done fewer laps on his tyres than many of his rivals, so we haven’t got a clear picture of how much progress they’ve made just yet.

Meanwhile at HRT, Christian Klien seemed to be consistently quicker than Bruno Senna on his debut for the team, assuming similar fuel loads.

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