Ferrari dominate practice 1 - Spain

Kimi Raikkonen led Felipe Massa in a Ferrari one-two in the opening practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix

Ferrari dominate practice 1 - Spain

The two Ferraris were half a second clear of the rest of the field, with Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen taking third and fifth respectively for McLaren, split by BMW's Robert Kubica.

With the majority of teams having tested extensively at the Barcelona track last week, the session got off to a predictably quiet start, with 26 minutes elapsing before Williams' Kazuki Nakajima became the first man to attempt a flying lap.

The two McLarens came out soon afterwards, with Hamilton setting the early pace with a 1:21.192, six tenths of a second clear of teammate Kovalainen.

But they were swiftly usurped when Ferrari - who uniquely chose to not even bother with an installation lap at the start of the session - emerged with 45 minutes to go.

Raikkonen took first position with his second lap, and then improved to 1:20.649 by the end of his run.

His teammate Massa ultimately reached second place, just 0.050 seconds slower than Raikkonen, despite making a number of mistakes during his first outing.

The Bahrain winner had a spin at the chicane on his first flying lap, and followed Timo Glock (Toyota) into running very wide at Turn 9 on the next lap, before finally setting a representative time at the third attempt. He later had another spin on the exit of Turn 8.

None of the leading drivers improved their times in the second half of the session, with the only change coming when Kubica edging his BMW up to fourth, between the two McLarens.

Home favourite Fernando Alonso pleased his local fans by taking an encouraging sixth for Renault, 1.2 seconds off the pace, and just ahead of teammate Nelson Piquet.

David Coulthard (Red Bull), Nick Heidfeld (BMW) and Jenson Button (Honda) took the final top ten positions.

Having confirmed their participation in the weekend shortly before practice began, Super Aguri ended up at the bottom of the timesheets in 21st and 22nd, but Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson did complete 24 laps between them.

Massa's excursions aside, the only other notable incident was Jarno Trulli's spin at Turn 10 early in the session. The Toyota driver rejoined without drama and ending the morning in 14th.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Raikkonen Ferrari (B) 1:20.649 17 2. Massa Ferrari (B) 1:20.699 + 0.050 9 3. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.192 + 0.543 20 4. Kubica BMW Sauber (B) 1:21.568 + 0.919 20 5. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes (B) 1:21.758 + 1.109 10 6. Alonso Renault (B) 1:21.933 + 1.284 18 7. Piquet Renault (B) 1:21.936 + 1.287 21 8. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:22.118 + 1.469 20 9. Heidfeld BMW Sauber (B) 1:22.278 + 1.629 24 10. Button Honda (B) 1:22.632 + 1.983 16 11. Glock Toyota (B) 1:23.002 + 2.353 21 12. Rosberg Williams-Toyota (B) 1:23.003 + 2.354 25 13. Webber Red Bull-Renault (B) 1:23.015 + 2.366 14 14. Trulli Toyota (B) 1:23.141 + 2.492 15 15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota (B) 1:23.153 + 2.504 24 16. Sutil Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:23.156 + 2.507 22 17. Fisichella Force India-Ferrari (B) 1:23.196 + 2.547 20 18. Barrichello Honda (B) 1:23.353 + 2.704 14 19. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:23.952 + 3.303 15 20. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari (B) 1:24.082 + 3.433 15 21. Sato Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:24.278 + 3.629 14 22. Davidson Super Aguri-Honda (B) 1:25.068 + 4.419 10 
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