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Hamilton on top with charging Red Bull breathing down his neck

Formula One F1- Spanish Grand Prix Hamilton on top with charging Red Bull breathing down his neck
Noah Ferguson | 12 May, 2018, 21:30

Valtteri Bottas driving the (77) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes WO9 on track during practice for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 11, 2018 in Montmelo, Spain. In 2009 we went "let's go less aerodynamics, better racing", then we said "the cars are too slow, let's go and put more aerodynamics and make them wider and more spectacular".

Vettel and Raikkonen briefly established a Ferrari one-two after bolting on fresh supersofts, but when Mercedes switched to the same rubber its drivers moved back to the top. "The first four races indicate very strongly that we will see the threeway battle continue and - if anything - intensify".

He said: "I think it's still very close".

Kubica finished with the second-to-last time in the first session, in front of teammate Lance Stroll.

"Thankfully, the damage is pretty light", team principal Christian Horner told Sky Sports television.

Hamilton, Bottas, and Verstappen showed a commanding pace with heavy loads of fuel on their cars, whilst Vettel marked the faster laps under those conditions.

Max Verstappen rounded off the top three after being two tenths off the pace.

"Maybe it is a hit, but if there is time and anyone wants to approach me or any of the drivers, I am sure we can give some good insight to what the layout is like and how it can be better".

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso believes McLaren have a "realistic" shot of reaching Q3 for the first time this season after the team debuted an extensive upgrade package for the Spaniard's home race.

Kimi Raikkonen, with a new engine in the back of his Ferrari, was fourth fastest ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and the two Ferrari-powered Haas cars of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean. He clipped the grass on the entry of a turn and span into the tire barrier, significantly damaging his vehicle.

The Finn's time also proved to be the fastest of the day as increased track temperature and high winds made things even trickier for the drivers in the second session.

"The Red Bulls are obviously very close to my pace so I think it's going to be relatively close between the top three teams".

Stroll ran wide at Turn 4 after a wobble on corner entry, although stopped before the barriers and managed to get his auto back to the pits.

Sitting with another Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Renault, he also grinned and complained at the fact that the Barcelona track is used so much for winter testing.

"Every time I go training, every time I go to bed, I have one dream in mind and that is to win a race in Formula One and to win a world championship. winning is in my mind all the time".

"It's hard to say that it was enjoyable because our vehicle balance was very bad and it was very hard to drive".

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