Lewis Hamilton has set the early pace in the opening practice session for this weekend’s Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver, who is gunning for four wins on the trot, was comfortably the fastest driver at the end of the opening 90-minute session, lapping almost a second faster than McLaren’s Jenson Button and Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo. Crowd favourite Fernando Alonso was fourth-fastest in the Ferrari.

Ominously, Hamilton and teammate Nico Rosberg set the early pace as practice got underway in beautiful conditions at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya.

Vettel stopped on track with an electrical failure.

Vettel stopped on track with an electrical failure.

But all did not go perfectly to plan for the Silver Arrows, with Rosberg being restricted to just nine laps in the session after his F1W05 was hit with a suspected Energy Recovery Store cooling issue in his Mercedes power unit.

That allowed Button, Ricciardo and Alonso to leapfrog ahead of him in the final reckoning, although Rosberg managed more running than his compatriot and reigning champion Sebastian Vettel. His Red Bull ground to halt after just four tours with an electrical problem, which caused enough damage to a wiring loom that will ensure he won’t take to the track in the afternoon’s second practice session.

Kimi Räikkönen managed the sixth-fastest time in the second Ferrari, with Kevin Magnussen, Pastor Maldonado, Sergio Pérez and Felipe Massa rounding out the top ten.

The session featured a couple of strange incidents. Pérez suffered an unusual failure of his left-hand mirror mount, while Sauber reserve driver Giedo van der Garde was lucky to avoid an accident after his heavily revised C33 suffered an apparent brake failure at Turn 1.

Friday’s second free practice session in Barcelona gets underway at 2:00pm local time (GMT +2).


2014 Spanish Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 1 Results:

Driver Team / Entry Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:27.023 17
2. Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:27.891 + 0.868 26
3. Daniel Ricciardo Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:27.973 + 0.950 21
4. Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:28.128 + 1.105 23
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05 1:28.168 + 1.145 9
6. Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari F14T 1:28.337 + 1.314 19
7. Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes MP4-29 1:28.423 + 1.400 27
8. Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:28.744 + 1.721 34
9. Sergio Pérez Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:28.779 + 1.756 18
10. Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:28.791 + 1.768 13
11. Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:28.792 + 1.769 24
12. Nico Hülkenberg Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07 1:28.828 + 1.805 17
13. Jean-Éric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9 1:28.859 + 1.836 24
14. Felipe Nasr Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36 1:29.272 + 2.249 15
15. Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:29.688 + 2.665 16
16. Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:29.820 + 2.797 22
17. Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team Renault E22 1:29.944 + 2.921 21
18. Giedo van der Garde nl Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33 1:30.440 + 3.417 22
19. Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:30.748 + 3.725 19
20. Sebastian Vettel Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10 1:30.942 + 3.919 4
21. Kamui Kobayashi jp Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:30.997 + 3.974 22
22. Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05 1:31.421 + 4.398 22

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