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Ferraris lead wet-dry FP1 in Spain

Fernando Alonso gave his home fans something to shout about, as he set the fastest FP1 time in Barcelona
Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - Ferrari's Fernando Alonso topped the times in the first practice session for this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. Felipe Massa was second behind his team-mate, and Jean-Eric Vergne was a surprising third for Toro Rosso.

The session started out wet due to a rain shower earlier in the morning. But as the cars spent more and more time on track, the surface began to dry, and the circuit was completely dry by the end of the session. All of the cars that set lap times in the wet used intermediate tyres, but eventually the track became too dry for wets, and a few drivers started to experiment with slick tyres.

The cross-over lap-time between dry and slick tyres appears to be around 1 minute 36 seconds. Felipe Massa managed to go as quickly as 1:34.899 on intermediates, but at that point Vergne was on track on slicks and going marginally quicker. In the closing stages of the session, when the track was properly dry, the lap times were more in line with expectations, and Alonso finished fastest on a 1:25.252.

The Spanish Grand Prix typically sees lots of updates, which were visible on the cars. Caterham have a new nose, Ferrari a new front wing and various other teams brought quite extensive updates. Unfortunately the wet track made it quite difficult to evaluate the success of the updates, which will make this afternoon's FP2 session all the more important.

Full results from FP1:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:25.252 20
2 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:25.455 0.203 20
3 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:25.667 0.415 25
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:26.042 0.790 21
5 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:26.212 0.960 24
6 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:26.374 1.122 19
7 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:26.456 1.204 20
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:26.614 1.362 21
9 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:26.621 1.369 21
10 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:26.755 1.503 16
11 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:26.940 1.688 26
12 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.061 1.809 24
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.135 1.883 6
14 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:27.250 1.998 26
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:27.576 2.324 24
16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:28.373 3.121 14
17 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:28.600 3.348 19
18 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.887 3.635 14
19 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:29.457 4.205 11
20 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:29.473 4.221 21
21 23 Rodolfo Gonzalez Marussia-Cosworth 1:30.314 5.062 13
22 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes No time 6

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