Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso was the quickest man this morning as F1 returned following a three week absence. The Spaniard fought through a saturated session to finish 0.2 clear of team-mate Felipe Massa.
Jean-Eric Vergne was a surprise third for fellow Italian outfit Toro Rosso and he was followed by Lotus’ Romain Grosjean who survived a spin at T10 to finish in fourth ahead of Force India’s Adrian Sutil in fifth.
Lewis Hamilton took his Mercedes to sixth overall, narrowly beating Valtteri Bottas who lined up seventh in his FW35. Kimi Raikkonen was eighth, Nico Rosberg ninth and Paul di Resta rounded off the top ten.
Daniel Ricciardo was well off his team-mates pace in eleventh but bettered Sauber’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Sergio Perez who lined up twelfth and thirteenth respectively. Esteban Gutierrez was close behind his fellow Mexican, finishing the session in fourteenth.
Pastor Maldonado slipped and slid his way around Circuit de Catalunya, particularly exploring T10 where he went wide. When the one and a half hours had elapsed, the Venezuelan was sitting pretty in fifteenth.
Heikki Kovalainen overcame gearbox issues for to run his second practice session for Caterham this year, finishing the session sixteenth in Charles Pic’s car. He was followed closely by Caterham’s other man, Giedo can detail Garde in seventeenth. Jules Bianchi was eighteenth for Marussia.
Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber were extremely far off the pace due to the adverse weather conditions, nineteenth and twentieth the final positions for the two men.
Bringing up the back was Gonzalez in Max Chilton’s Marussia in twenty-first, followed by Jenson Button i twenty-second who ran only six laps in the session as the team have a lack of spare upgrades for the McLaren.