Last year’s Spanish Grand Prix winner and pole sitter was the fastest man around the track in the first practice session today.
Mark Webber set a 1’25.142 to top the times by a full second in the Red Bull.
Team mate Sebastian Vettel was second on a 1’26.149.
During the session he had to pit after developing a problem with a sensor on the car, and was later told not to use his Kinetic Energy Recovery System.
The closest car to the flying RB7s was Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes on a 1’26.379.
Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest ahead of Sauber Sergio Perez, who improved to fifth with a late effort of 1’26.738.
The fastest McLaren driver was Lewis Hamilton on a 1’26.988.
Force India tested a revised aerodynamic package on the VJM04. Adrian Sutil ran an upgraded car and reserve driver Nico H?â??lkenberg used the previous specification for comparison.
The other reserve driver running in the session was Daniel Ricciardo. He did the bulk of the laps for Toro Rosso as Jaime Alguersuari was sidelined with an engine problem.
Pastor Maldonado suffered a setback when he skidded off the track just over an hour into the session.
The Williams driver oversteered wide at turn 12 and slithered into the gravel trap where the car came to a stop.
The lap times indicated the 107% rule could give some teams cause for concern. Webber’s lap suggested a 107% time of 1’31.101, which Timo Glock, Jarno Trulli and both HRTs were slower than.
Webber’s fastest lap was four seconds slower than the best set in the same session last year, when Lewis Hamilton did a 1’21.134. The teams were using Pirelli’s new hard tyre in the session.
2011 Spanish Grand Prix
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