Rosberg heads clear Mercedes 1-2 in Spanish GP opening practice


Nico Rosberg led a dominant Mercedes 1-2 in opening practice for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Mercedes racer clocked a 1:26.828 to beat his team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the top spot by 0.070s.

Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari, some nine-tenths of a second shy of Rosberg’s session topping time, but ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in fourth.

Carlos Sainz Jr. ended the morning fifth fastest, with Toro Rosso stable-mate Max Verstappen sixth on a positive morning for the Faenza-based squad.

Daniil Kvyat was seventh for Red Bull, as the team debuted a new short-stub nose on the RB11.

Williams racer Felipe Massa went eighth fastest, while Daniel Ricciardo missed most of the session after an early issue with the Red Bull, but rallied late on to go ninth.

Sauber’s Felipe Nasr rounded out the top ten, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg in 11th.

Raffaele Marciello and Jolyon Palmer, standing in for Marcus Ericsson and Romain Grosjean at Sauber and Lotus, were 12th and 13th fastest.

Fellow stand-in Susie Wolff was 14th for Williams, replacing Valtteri Bottas at the wheel of the FW37.

The two McLarens of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button ended the morning 15th and 16th, as the pair debuted the team’s new livery.

Sergio Perez went 17th fastest for Force India, ahead of Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado, while the Manor Marussia team-mates of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi closed out the order.

Image courtesy of Daimler


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