Spanish GP: Valtteri Bottas Top As Daniel Ricciardo Crashes

Valtteri Bottas led Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two at an incident-packed first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix on Friday.

The Finn was 0.849 seconds quicker than Hamilton, although Bottas was using a softer tyre than the world champion when they set their fastest times.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were third and fourth, with the German 0.950secs off the pace. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo crashed as drivers struggled in windy conditions. The Australian ran wide after an over-steer moment at Turn Four and touched the barrier, damaging his front wing and left-hand front suspension.

He was third quickest at the time but dropped down to seventh at the end of the session, behind team-mate Max Verstappen and the McLaren of Fernando Alonso.


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