Norris leads the field in Spanish GP's first practice session

Lando Norris topped the timesheets in the first practice session for the Spanish Grand Prix, setting an impressive pace with a lap time of 1:14.228. This session at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya highlighted the competitiveness of the McLaren driver and set the stage for an exciting weekend of racing.

Max Verstappen was a close second, trailing Norris by just 0.024 seconds. The Red Bull driver completed his best lap in 1:14.252, demonstrating the team’s strong form and competitive edge.

Carlos Sainz secured third place for Ferrari, posting a time of 1:14.572, 0.344 seconds behind Norris. Sainz’s performance indicated Ferrari’s potential to challenge at the front of the grid this weekend.

George Russell was fourth for Mercedes, with a time of 1:14.614, just 0.042 seconds behind Sainz. Russell’s solid run reinforced Mercedes’ presence in the top tier, aiming for a strong showing in the race.

Sergio Pérez, Verstappen’s teammate at Red Bull, finished fifth, clocking in at 1:14.692. Pérez will be looking to close the gap to his teammate and the leaders as the weekend progresses.

Oscar Piastri showcased McLaren’s strength by securing sixth place with a time of 1:14.867. The young driver continues to impress in his debut season, adding valuable points to the team’s efforts.

Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, was seventh for Mercedes with a lap time of 1:14.911. Hamilton’s experience will be crucial as the team works on optimizing their setup for the race.

Esteban Ocon of Alpine finished eighth, posting a time of 1:15.086. Ocon’s performance suggests that Alpine could be a contender for points in the race.

Fernando Alonso, driving for Aston Martin, secured ninth place with a time of 1:15.222. The local favorite will be aiming to move up the order in front of his home crowd.

Alex Albon rounded out the top ten for Williams with a time of 1:15.417. Albon’s performance indicates a strong start for Williams as they look to capitalize on any opportunities during the race.

Charles Leclerc of Ferrari finished just outside the top ten in eleventh place with a time of 1:15.434, followed by Valtteri Bottas of Sauber in twelfth with a time of 1:15.472. Pierre Gasly and Lance Stroll completed the next spots, driving for Alpine and Aston Martin, respectively.

Daniel Ricciardo, in his return to Red Bull, finished fifteenth with a time of 1:15.580. Zhou Guanyu, Kevin Magnussen, Logan Sargeant, Oliver Bearman, and Yuki Tsunoda rounded out the rest of the field, with Tsunoda finishing twentieth.

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The first practice session highlighted the close competition among the top teams, with Norris leading the charge. As teams continue to fine-tune their setups, the stage is set for an exciting qualifying session and race ahead.

Cla | Driver | Team | Laps | Time

1 | L. Norris | MCLAREN | 27 | 1’14.228

2 | M. Verstappen | RED BULL RACING | 27 | +0.024 1’14.252

3 | C. Sainz | FERRARI | 31 | +0.344 1’14.572

4 | G. Russell | MERCEDES | 31 | +0.386 1’14.614

5 | S. Perez | RED BULL RACING | 28 | +0.464 1’14.692

6 | O. Piastri | MCLAREN | 29 | +0.639 1’14.867

7 | L. Hamilton | MERCEDES | 28 | +0.683 1’14.911

8 | E. Ocon | ALPINE | 30 | +0.858 1’15.086

9 | F. Alonso | ASTON MARTIN RACING | 26 | +0.994 1’15.222

10 | A. Albon | WILLIAMS | 25 | +1.189 1’15.417

11 | C. Leclerc | FERRARI | 26 | +1.206 1’15.434

12 | V. Bottas | SAUBER | 24 | +1.244 1’15.472

13 | P. Gasly | ALPINE | 21 | +1.256 1’15.484

14 | L. Stroll | ASTON MARTIN RACING | 28 | +1.284 1’15.512

15 | D. Ricciardo | RB | 30 | +1.352 1’15.580

16 | Z. Guanyu | SAUBER | 24 | +1.388 1’15.616

17 | K. Magnussen | HAAS F1 TEAM | 30 | +1.416 1’15.644

18 | L. Sargeant | WILLIAMS | 25 | +1.524 1’15.752

19 | O. Bearman | HAAS F1 TEAM | 29 | +1.637 1’15.865

20 | Y. Tsunoda | RB | 21 | +1.688 1’15.916

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