Rosberg heads Hamilton in first session

By on Friday, May 8, 2015
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg set the quickest time during a quiet opening practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, as Mercedes finished comfortably clear of its opposition.

Rosberg set a time of 1:26.828 to edge out Lewis Hamilton by 0.070s, though both drivers had a couple of off-track excursions as they got to grips with the conditions.

Sebastian Vettel was ‘best of the rest’ for Ferrari in third place, albeit 0.978s down on pace setter Rosberg.

Kimi Räikkönen posted the fourth best time for Ferrari – narrowly behind his team-mate – having complained of his seat becoming too hot.

Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen ensured it was a positive morning for Toro Rosso as they placed fifth and sixth, ahead of Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat, who trialled a new shorter nose on the RB11.

Felipe Massa went eighth for Williams while Daniel Ricciardo complained of a lack of power in his engine early on and spent most of the session in the garage, before returning to the circuit late on and clocking the ninth best time.

Felipe Nasr completed the top 10, with Nico Hülkenberg in 11th place.

The three test and reserve drivers competing in the session finished line astern as Raffaele Marciello survived a lurid moment on the exit of Turn 9 to go 12th, ahead of Lotus’ Jolyon Palmer and Williams’ Susie Wolff.

Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button gave McLaren’s new livery its on-track debut and the pair ended in 15th and 16th places respectively, separated by just 0.004s. Alonso spun at Turn 12 late on in the session but was able to recover to the pit lane.

Sergio Pérez beat Pastor Maldonado to 17th position while the Manor Marussia pair of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi occupied their usual places at the rear of the pack.

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