A first practice session with no rain and Alonso was the first man on track in his Ferrari. Amid typically hot and humid weather conditions, the field made good use of Pirelli’s additional set of Hard compound tyres, available to the drivers during the first half an hour of the 90-minute session.
McLaren have a new nose on the car this weekend, does not looks good but it seems to be more effective.
A very bad day at the office for Lotus with smoke from back of the Maldonando’s car. There were numerous off-track moments during the session, with Hamilton, Alonso, Massa, Adrian Sutil and Marcus Ericsson all suffering spins as the drivers tried to get to grips with their new cars on an open layout.
Too early to say more about the speed of the cars. For sure Mercedes are up there and McLaren looks also very good.
The upgrades for Williams weren’t ready in time so they might be struggle here. We don’t think Vettel and Red Bull shows everything they got, only 9 laps for the reigning World Champion. Maybe in FP2…
See the complets result of FP1 below: