Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button got McLaren’s Spanish Grand Prix weekend off to a strong start by topping the times sheets in the first practice session.
Michael Schumacher put the revised Mercedes third fastest as practice got started at the Circuit de Catalunya.
The first driver to set a lap was Timo Glock, trying the revised version of the VR-01. The car shed its left turning vane on its first lap of the Barcelona track and Glock spent much of the next hour in the pits.
Felipe Massa made an early start for Ferrari, setting the fastest time to begin with using the team’s version of the F-duct for the first time.
Team mate Fernando Alonso also tried the blown rear wing and did back-to-back tests with the F10 in its ‘unblown’ configuration.
Over at Mercedes, Michael Schumacher put the first laps on the updated W01 with its distinctive new airbox. He briefly took over the top of the times sheets but was demoted by the two McLarens.
Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton waited until the half-way point of the session before taking to the track. Button went quickest to begin with before being beaten by his team mate with a 1’21.134.
Another team running a significant upgrade package this weekend are Lotus. Heikki Kovalainen’s best time was 4.1 seconds off the quickest, with a two second gap to the midfield, suggesting they have made progress.
Towards the end of the session Nico Hülkenberg stopped on the track, a puff of smoke from the rear of his Williams suggesting he’d suffered an engine failure.
Pedro de la Rosa also ended his session early after suffering a gearbox failure on his Sauber, failing to set a time. And Button had to abort a run after running over debris on his way out of the pits, damaging the floor on his McLaren.
At HRT, Christian Klien made his first appearance as a reserve driver since 2007 – and beat regular driver Bruno Senna by half a second.
|4||6||Mark Webber||Red Bull-Renault||1’22.011||0.877||27|
|5||5||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||1’22.026||0.892||22|
|11||16||Sebastien Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’22.588||1.454||24|
|13||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1’23.030||1.896||21|
|14||17||Jaime Alguersuari||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1’23.110||1.976||31|
|15||15||Vitantonio Liuzzi||Force India-Mercedes||1’23.284||2.15||19|
|21||25||Lucas di Grassi||Virgin-Cosworth||1’26.694||5.56||24|
|24||22||Pedro de la Rosa||Sauber-Ferrari||3|
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