Spanish Grand Prix FP1:
By Harry Schofield
The first wheels have turned this morning for the first practice session of the Spanish Grand Prix Weekend.
The track and its lap times have to be taken with questions marks, as we seen in pre season testing the times did not replicate for Ferrari in the opening races of the 2019 season.
Valtteri Bottas continued his strong form by being a tenth quicker than Sebastian Vettel.
The Spanish Grand Prix is traditionally where teams bring much needed updates to the cars, with Ferrari and Renault both bringing updated engines for this weekend, reliability of the new components will be a concern but also a big test session for the next few races.
It is a do or die weekend for Ferrari, as well as an updated engine Shell has introduced a new lubricant which is meant to increase performance of the engine.
Lance Stroll caused a red flag which ended the session as he got his rear wheel on the grass and crashed into the barrier .
The Red Bull’ of Max Verstappen managed 12th place while Pierre Gasly was an impressive 8th postion.
Max’s car was on the jacks 15 minutes before the session ended with a suspected oil leak.
With just a few hours before FP2 Redbull have to fix Max’s car and the same issues with the Mercedes of Bottas’s car with a similar oil leak .
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.951 19 laps
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.115s 20 laps
3 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.221s 20 laps
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.624s 22 laps
5 Romain Grosjean Haas 0.992s 25 laps
6 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1.204s 31 laps
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.229s 27 laps
8 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1.334s 30 laps
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1.413s 34 laps
10 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.499s 25 laps
11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1.560s 24 laps
12 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.893s 14 laps
13 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1.904s 28 laps
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 2.070s 28 laps
15 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 2.079s 25 laps
16 Lando Norris McLaren 2.115s 33 laps
17 Sergio Perez Racing Point 2.508s 26 laps
18 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 2.640s 22 laps
19 Robert Kubica Williams 2.938s 27 laps
20 George Russell Williams 3.039s 23 laps
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