Vettel leads Ferrari one-two in opening Spanish GP practice

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Sebastian Vettel headed up a Ferrari one-two in the opening practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona on Friday morning.

As regular pace-setter Mercedes opted to focus on medium tire runs with its drivers, Ferrari fitted Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen with the faster soft compound that allowed them to surge to the top of the timesheets.

Vettel posted a fastest time of 1:23.951 to finish one-tenth of a second clear of Raikkonen in second place, marking an impressive start to the race weekend for the Italian marque.

Despite posting their quickest laps on mediums, Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton both managed to keep the Ferraris in sight, finishing half a second down in third and fourth place respectively.

Max Verstappen enjoyed his first outing in a Red Bull Formula 1 car in FP1, and despite having an early lock-up at the first corner, the Dutchman produced a fast lap later on to finish sixth, less than two-tenths of a second behind new teammate Daniel Ricciardo.

Valtteri Bottas led Williams’ charge in seventh place ahead of Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz Jr. and Williams teammate Felipe Massa, while McLaren’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10.

In his first practice outing since the 2014 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Renault reserve driver Esteban Ocon was forced to spend much of the session in the garage due to an issue on his R.S.16 car. The Frenchman failed to post a lap time, leaving him at the foot of the timesheets come the checkered flag.

FP2 for the Spanish Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 8am ET on Friday.