McLaren lead practice one in Spain

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in first practice in Barcelona
Lewis Hamilton was quickest in first practice in Barcelona

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 H???lkenberg 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.

Pos. Car Driver Car Best lap Laps
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.134 21
2 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’21.672 0.538 14
3 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’21.716 0.582 12
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
6 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.070 0.936 19
7 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’22.202 1.068 22
8 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’22.258 1.124 19
9 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’22.397 1.263 23
10 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.492 1.358 26
11 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.588 1.454 24
12 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’22.975 1.841 22
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
16 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’23.312 2.178 22
17 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’23.471 2.337 20
18 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’25.329 4.195 17
19 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’26.244 5.11 20
20 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.340 5.206 23
21 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’26.694 5.56 24
22 20 Christian Klien HRT-Cosworth 1’27.250 6.116 26
23 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’27.752 6.618 27
24 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 3

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37 comments on “McLaren lead practice one in Spain”

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  1. Vitaly Petrov is really impressing me so far between the Rookies.Also nice to see Kamui Kobayashi having a trouble free day with the car but still the reliability trouble with the Ferrari.

  2. Impressive work for Klien to get that far above Senna in his first F1 drive in a few years.

    Hopefully he gets another drive somewhere, because otherwise he will be a bit of a wasted talent. Maybe Sauber next year if de la Rosa retires.

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