Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012

Alonso quickest in revised Ferrari in first practice

2012 Spanish Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Barcelona, 2012Fernando Alonso gave some cheer to Ferrari at his home race by lapping quickest in the revised F2012.

Ferrari ended the session fastest for the first time this year, Alonso setting a 1’24.430.

Sebastian Vettel (pictured) spent the first half hour of the session in the pits before emerging and briefly setting fastest time. He ended the session second, 0.378s slower than Alonso and a tenth ahead of Kamui Kobayashi.

McLaren ran the higher nose on their car and Jenson Button was fourth fastest on 1’24.996. Team mate Lewis Hamilton was eighth and complained of understeer in his car.

Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas was fifth-fastest, taking over for Bruno Senna in the first session as usual.

Michael Schumacher and Romain Grosjean made it seven different cars in the top seven. Nico Hulkenberg ran Force India’s new exhaust, floor and sidepods and ended the session tenth behind Kimi Raikkonen.

The times were very close in the first session, with 1.1s covering the top 14.

Dani Clos made his first appearance in F1 practice for HRT but ended the session slowest after his car came to a stop in the pits.

Fellow newcomer Alexander Rossi was 21st for Caterham, the team electing not to run the exhaust upgrade they tested at Mugello.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’24.430 20
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’24.808 0.378 18
3 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’24.912 0.482 28
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’24.996 0.566 24
5 19 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’25.120 0.690 24
6 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’25.187 0.757 15
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’25.217 0.787 16
8 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’25.252 0.822 20
9 9 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’25.285 0.855 29
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’25.339 0.909 24
11 17 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’25.367 0.937 22
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’25.433 1.003 21
13 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’25.539 1.109 23
14 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’25.607 1.177 20
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.918 1.488 19
16 16 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’26.226 1.796 24
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’26.297 1.867 18
18 11 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1’26.630 2.200 21
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’27.475 3.045 20
20 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.267 3.837 21
21 20 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’28.448 4.018 25
22 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’28.633 4.203 22
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’29.107 4.677 19
24 23 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1’31.618 7.188 19

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