Valtteri Bottas heads Spanish FP1 for Mercedes, Lance Stroll crashes

Valtteri Bottas led the way for Mercedes as Formula 1 action resumed on Friday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Bottas clocked a time of 1:17.951 as teams began preparations for the Spanish Grand Prix, which will potentially be the last to be held at the circuit.

Bottas’ session was interrupted by an oil leak in the closing stages but he nonetheless wound up 0.115s clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel’s team-mate Charles Leclerc finished third, 0.221s down on Bottas, while fourth-placed Lewis Hamilton had a low-key session, with his best time 0.624s behind the championship leader.

Haas displayed strong pace, as it did pre-season, with Romain Grosjean fifth and Kevin Magnussen seventh, the pair sandwiched by sole local representative of McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr.

Red Bull had a quiet session as Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen were only eighth and 12th respectively.

Verstappen spent the final chunk of the session in the garage as Red Bull mechanics worked on addressing a suspected oil leak arising from the power unit.

Daniil Kvyat continued Toro Rosso’s eye-catching one-lap pace by classifying in ninth, with Nico Hulkenberg edging Renault team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to claim the final top 10 spot.

Only Ricciardo, who will take a three-place grid penalty for hitting Kvyat in Azerbaijan, has taken on the updated Renault engine so far.

Lance Stroll was 13th for Racing Point but brought the session to a premature end when he crashed through Turn 9.

“Oh jesus I got the grass on entry,” confirmed Stroll, who caused damage to the left-front of the Racing Point RP19 in the crash.

Williams once more finished at the rear of the pack though Robert Kubica managed to beat George Russell by a tenth of a second, and was within three-tenths of 18th-placed Kimi Raikkonen.

Second practice is scheduled for 15:00 local time.

Spain - Practice 1

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Flag   Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:17.951 19
2 Flag   Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:18.066 0.115 20
3 Flag   Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:18.172 0.221 20
4 Flag   Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:18.575 0.624 22
5 Flag   Romain Grosjean Haas 1:18.943 0.992 25
6 Flag   Carlos Sainz McLaren 1:19.155 1.204 31
7 Flag   Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:19.180 1.229 27
8 Flag   Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:19.285 1.334 30
9 Flag   Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:19.364 1.413 34
10 Flag   Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:19.450 1.499 25
11 Flag   Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:19.511 1.560 24
12 Flag   Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:19.844 1.893 14
13 Flag   Lance Stroll Racing Point 1:19.855 1.904 28
14 Flag   Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo 1:20.021 2.070 28
15 Flag   Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 1:20.030 2.079 25
16 Flag   Lando Norris McLaren 1:20.066 2.115 33
17 Flag   Sergio Perez Racing Point 1:20.459 2.508 26
18 Flag   Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo 1:20.591 2.640 22
19 Flag   Robert Kubica Williams 1:20.889 2.938 27
20 Flag   George Russell Williams 1:20.990 3.039 23