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DATE News (chronologically)
05/08/09
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Spanish GP: Button tops Practice 1  (GMM)  Championship leader Jenson Button topped the practice time sheet as the first Friday session for 2009 on European soil took place in Spain.

The Briton's Brawn was apparently fuelled light for his best lap of the Circuit de Catalunya, as his teammate Rubens Barrichello trailed by a full second.

The two BMW drivers, whose cars are visibly heavily revised for the Spanish grand prix, were third and fourth, behind Toyota's Jarno Trulli.

The Italian's TF109 featured a new 'shark fin' engine cover, whose tip reaches as far back as to actually touch the rear wing.

Trulli's teammate Timo Glock had a run through the gravel at turn 4, as did Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.  Nico Rosberg, sixth fastest, spun at turn 13.

Felipe Massa, ninth, proved the quickest of the updated Ferraris, even after spending some of the session stuck in the garage with a minor problem.

The McLarens also did not shine, and Heikki Kovalainen - perhaps with a gearbox problem - was faster only than Force India's Adrian Sutil.

Local hero Fernando Alonso was just seventeenth and the highest placed Red Bull was Australia's Mark Webber.

Results

Pos

Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1. Button Brawn-Mercedes 1:21.799 +0.000 21
2. Trulli Toyota 1:22.154 +0.355 30
3. Kubica BMW-Sauber 1:22.221 +0.422 24
4. Heidfeld BMW-Sauber 1:22.658 +0.859 14
5. Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:22.659 +0.860 24
6. Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:22.667 +0.868 26
7. Piquet Renault 1:22.753 +0.954 24
8. Glock Toyota 1:22.828 +1.029 29
9. Massa Ferrari 1:22.855 +1.056 15
10. Barrichello Brawn-Mercedes 1:22.859 +1.060 24
11. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:22.873 +1.074 20
12. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:22.934 +1.135 25
13. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:22.959 +1.160 24
14. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.077 +1.278 21
15. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.088 +1.289 30
16. Fisichella Force India-Mercedes 1:23.089 +1.290 25
17. Alonso Renault 1:23.157 +1.358 18
18. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.185 +1.386 31
19. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.522 +1.723 17
20. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:23.536 +1.737 19

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