Spanish Grand Prix: Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas tops first practice session

Bottas in the Mercedes was just 0.033 seconds quicker than Verstappen’s Red Bull, with Lewis Hamilton 0.123secs behind his Finnish team-mate. McLaren’s Lando Norris was fourth quickest, ahead of the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz. The session followed the pattern of the season so far at the front, the Mercedes and Red Bull cars extremely closely matched, and McLaren and Ferrari their closest challengers. Leclerc was only 0.052secs off Norris, with team-mate Sainz just 0.024secs further back. Red Bull’s Sergio Perez was ninth fastest after a difficult session, lacking pace and then suffering traffic problems on what might have been his fastest lap at the end of the session.

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