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Valtteri Bottas tops the timetable ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton in the dominant first practice session in Spain

Valtteri Bottas exceeds the timetable for teammate Lewis Hamilton in Mercedes one-two while Silver Arrows dominates the first practice at the Spanish GP

  • Practice started prior to the Spanish Grand Prix with Mercedes at the top
  • The world champion led Friday’s FP1 with Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton
  • Max Verstappen follows the Mercedes pair, the Red Bull 0.939 behind Bottas
  • Ferrari showed promising signs in miserable form, finishing fourth and fifth

Valtteri Bottas led teammate and Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two after first practice for Friday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The Finn, who dropped to third place after the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, set a best time of one minute at 16.785 seconds on a hot morning at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Bottas also reported hitting a bird that flew over his path during the session.

Valtteri Bottas set the early pace during the Spanish GP and topped the first practice in Catalonia

Valtteri Bottas set the early pace during the Spanish GP and topped the first practice in Catalonia

Lewis Hamilton followed his Finnish teammate in, with Max Verstappen right behind him

Lewis Hamilton followed his Finnish teammate in, with Max Verstappen right behind him

Lewis Hamilton followed his Finnish teammate in, with Max Verstappen right behind him

Ferrari impressed, placing Charles Leclerc fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth in poor form

Ferrari impressed, placing Charles Leclerc fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth in poor form

Ferrari impressed, placing Charles Leclerc fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth in poor form

Six-time world champion Hamilton was 0.039 slower with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – now second overall after winning at Silverstone to end Mercedes’ first success – third fastest but 0.939 slower than the Finn’s pace.

Hamilton, who has a 30-point lead over Verstappen, has won the last three Spanish Grands Prix and will go on Sunday for his fourth win in six races this season.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest, 1.185 slower than Bottas, with German teammate Sebastian Vettel fifth and only 0.011 behind the Monegask’s pace.

Romain Grosjean earned sixth place, building on Haas' steady fight back after a miserable start

Romain Grosjean earned sixth place, building on Haas' steady fight back after a miserable start

Romain Grosjean earned sixth place, building on Haas’ steady fight back after a miserable start

Nicholas Latifi's performances are a concern for Williams, only Roy Nissany

Nicholas Latifi's performances are a concern for Williams, only Roy Nissany

Nicholas Latifi’s performances are a concern for Williams, only Roy Nissany

Vettel has a new chassis for the race after Ferrari found a crack in the chassis he used last weekend.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean, whose car also has a Ferrari engine, came as sixth by surprise to Racing Point’s returning Mexican Sergio Perez, who missed two races as he tested positive for COVID-19.

However, Perez used the slower middle bands instead of the faster soft bands used by those before him.

It seems drivers will run into a wet track at some points during this week's race in Spain

It seems drivers will run into a wet track at some points during this week's race in Spain

It seems drivers will run into a wet track at some points during this week’s race in Spain

Vettel will be desperate this week to close the gap forward in his disappointing Ferrari

Vettel will be desperate this week to close the gap forward in his disappointing Ferrari

Vettel will be desperate this week to close the gap forward in his disappointing Ferrari

Briton George Russell was out of the session and handed over his car to Israeli development driver Roy Nissany, who was the slowest driver on the track.

Nissany was 3.879 seconds slower than Bottas, but only 0.3 of Williams’ Canadian Nicholas Latifi.

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