Bottas leads Mercedes 1-2 in opening Spanish GP practice

It was the usual Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice for the Spanish GP at Barcelona Friday morning.  Valtteri Bottas was quickest with a time of 1m16.785s, just 0.039s faster than his teammate Lewis Hamilton.

Last week’s winner Max Verstappen was 3rrd quick in his Red Bull Honda nearly 1-second behind.

The two Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel set nearly identical times to round out the top-5.

Was that plain sailing for Mercedes? Not quite. Both drivers again looked to be struggling with tire wear, with obvious lines of blisters appearing when they pushed the soft compound tire.

Red Bull might not be too happy with the time gap to Mercedes, but they could well have been running more fuel than their rivals.

Practice 1 Results

POS NO DRIVER CAR TIME GAP LAPS
1 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.785 +0.000s 33
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.824 +0.039s 29
3 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:17.724 +0.939s 26
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:17.970 +1.185s 27
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.981 +1.196s 27
6 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.291 +1.506s 29
7 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:18.471 +1.686s 31
8 23 Alexander Albon Red Bull Racing Honda 1:18.606 +1.821s 27
9 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:18.620 +1.835s 28
10 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:18.643 +1.858s 31
11 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:18.733 +1.948s 33
12 31 Esteban Ocon Renault 1:18.736 +1.951s 31
13 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:18.744 +1.959s 32
14 10 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda 1:18.888 +2.103s 26
15 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:18.917 +2.132s 24
16 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:18.981 +2.196s 24
17 26 Daniil Kvyat AlphaTauri Honda 1:19.145 +2.360s 21
18 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:19.230 +2.445s 31
19 6 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:20.334 +3.549s 30
20 40 Roy Nissany Williams Mercedes No Time

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