Practice one - Friday am
Alonso started strongly © LAT
Fernando Alonso spent the first hour of his home grand prix weekend focusing on low-key data-gathering runs in the revised Ferrari and did no flying laps. But once he was ready to show his hand, he not only went quickest, but then went faster still to end the morning on a 1m24.430s and at the head of the order.
Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull was next up, with Sauber looking quick again as Kamui Kobayashi spent much of the session near the front and ended up third, followed by Jenson Button in the leading McLaren.