Lewis quickest in Catalunya

McLaren set the benchmark in the opening practice session at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button topping the timesheets.

Although Ferrari’s Felipe Massa sat P1 early in the 90-minute session, it was the silver McLarens and the Mercedes works car of Michael Schumacher who dominated, with Hamilton enjoying a clear half-second advantage over his team-mate.

Button had been top of the times before Hamilton eased him aside, and then lost most of the final 20 minutes after running over a piece of discarded bodywork as he exited the pits. Jenson remained confined to the garage as the McLaren engineers checked his MP4-25 for damage, and only returned to the track when it was too late to improve.

Schumi, appearing more in tune with the revised Mercedes – which featured a new interpretation in the airbox area – was closest to the McLaren boys, and the only other driver to lap in the 1min 21s. The German ended the session just 0.044secs adrift of Button, and ahead of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for only the fourth time this season.

Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top five, the pair posting near-identical times as they pushed Rosberg back into sixth spot, just ahead of the closely matched Robert Kubica, Fernando Alonso and Vitaly Petrov.

Felipe Massa was 12th.

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Oh, and good for Hamilton. And finally, Shuey actually doesn’t suck!!! LOL Where are the Red Bulls?

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@2: Alot of us never thought that Schumacher sucked, we just knew he needed more time to get back in the groove and for his car set-up to be more to his liking – I hope he continues to improve(upgrades or not)and makes all his detractors look like the ignorant idiots they are :)

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What happened to Ferrari’s barcode livery?

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@ Yankee. There’s been a doctor somewhere in the world trying to make a name for himself, and proclaiming that the bar code is subliminal advertising for smoking, and tobacco advertisment is, I’m sure you won’t need telling, illegal in the sport. Ferrari initially ridiculed it, but it looks like they’ve caved. I read about it on pitpass.com

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Ah yes, I would only have figured that out if I had a bar code scanner, a large one at that. If it is true, what a waist of money from the tobacco company…Well done Ferrari for screwing them out of their own money…

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Could this be the weekend that Schumi returns to his former self? I still don’t think that in quali and the race the Mercedes GP car will be able to keep up with RBR, Ferrari, and Mclaren. Also, I think in the race that Button will still be able to beat Hamilton; he is just so much better on his tires than Lewis. I want Petrov to do well. I want Renault in general to do well. I hope that they can beat out Force India, and maybe even pass Mercedes. They’ve got some good talent on the team; Kubica is a hardened vet, and it looks to me like Petrov is a very skilled rookie. He really should have more points than he does, but he has had unfortunate events keeping him from finishing races. Best of luck Petrov, I hope you score points. Ultimately, I think that RBR will win this championship. They had the reliability issues for the first couple races, and the only thing that kept them from winning the last race was their tire situation. With a dry season and good qualifying sessions, I think the championship is theirs for the taking.

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Schumi was never off – he just needed to adopt himself to the new regulation and tires and then alter his car to his style of driving. I don´t think he is there yet still with Merc. But it is a major step.

RBR is coming as the favorite team – or lets say Vettel, to europe. Now they should not have 5 cents errors anymore. The championship can only be lost from themselves.

I don´t see Renault as strong anymore and they will for sure not pass Merc. Maybe the will be stronger then Force India. I am undecided about Ferrari, they could play the conservative card like the do often.

1. RBR
2. Ferrari
3. McLaren
4. Merc
5. Renault

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classic schumacher, as long as hes doing well then it doesnt matter about his team member

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POS. TEAM. PTS.

1 – Mark Webber RBR-Renault 28
2 – Sebastian Vettel RBR-Renault 45
3 – Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 49
4 – Fernando Alonso Ferrari 49
5 – Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 60
6 – Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP 10
7 – Robert Kubica Renault 40
8 – Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP 50
9 – Felipe Massa Ferrari 41
10 – Kamui Kobayashi BMW Sauber-Ferrari 00

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1 – Mark Webber – RBR-Renault – 28
2 – Sebastian Vettel – RBR-Renault – 45
3 – Lewis Hamilton – McLaren-Mercedes – 49
4 – Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 49
5 – Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 60
6 – Michael Schumacher – Mercedes GP – 10
7 – Robert Kubica – Renault – 40
8 – Nico Rosberg – Mercedes GP – 50
9 – Felipe Massa – Ferrari – 41
10 – Kamui Kobayashi – BMW Sauber-Ferrari – 00

Go *LEWIS*

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You repeat too much.

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