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Free Practice 1

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Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) and Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) round out the top 10, with Mark Webber (Red Bull) 13th.

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Kamui Kobayashi in the Sauber is third with Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton in the McLarens fourth and eighth respectively. Williams reserve driver Valtteri Bottas impresses in taking fifth spot ahead of Michael Schumacher's Mercedes, with Romain Grosjean seventh.

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Fernando Alonso tops the timesheets for opening Spanish Grand Prix practice in Barcelona as Ferrari showcase an updated F2012. Alonso's time of a minute 24.430 seconds leads the way from world champion Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull as the Prancing Horse looks to take the fight to their title rivals. However Felipe Massa in the sister Ferrari was down in 12th.

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The 90 minutes are up - looks like Alonso has topped the session then, for what it's worth.

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Hamilton tells the team he has a lot of understeer. Alonso back out for a quick last run. /// @chrissieanne: "surely practice is for the car's benefit, would any driver go for broke before qualifying?"

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Alonso's time is looking good to top this session as Vettel clocks a 1:26 on worn tyres.

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Hamilton locks up his tyres at the downhill turn seven.

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Vettel remains three-tenths off the pace of Alonso despite recording a few laps while Webber re-emerges. He stands 13th at present.

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Raikkonen is ninth and Grosjean seventh as the former comes out on track. Lotus' double podium finish at the last race in Bahrain demonstrated the team's potential - so with Barcelona claimed to be their 'perfect track' can the team go one better and win?

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Apparently he lost revs. The team did not go to the Mugello test as they were busy moving their head office to Madrid. Both McLarens out on track.

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Clos's HRT comes to a halt at the entrance to the pitlane. Several mechanics run to the rescue and wheel him out of the road after Alonso has circumvented it...

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How much do times really matter in practice? Do the headlines mean anything - or just set you up for a fall when you fail to convert it to race pace? /// @chrissieanne: "Would like to see Maclaren 1&2 but Vettel appears to be back on track"

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Alonso improves again to 1:24.430 after a visit to the pits to change something on the front wing. Massa having work done on his front suspension.

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Vettel is in the pits with third-placed Kobayashi still lapping. Button in fourth and Bottas behind him also in the garage.

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Alonso's fresh tyres do the trick as he goes P1 with 1:24.754.

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Alonso just behind Massa and 11th as he finally sets a time of 1:25.446.

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Button third quickest with a 1:24. The official Sauber team have tweeted about Perez's smoking car: "No problem. A heat shield was a little close to the exhaust"

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Alonso didn't, in fact, set a lap-time again on that run.

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Alonso lapping in anger now. That debris from the HRT of De la Rosa was recovered a few minutes ago. "@Welshracer: that bit of HRT now on ebay"

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Romain Grosjean now fifth in the Lotus while Button immediately goes P8 after a long spell in the garage. And Hamilton goes sixth.

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And he improves that to 1:24.808 to go top of the tree.

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World champion Vettel has gone fifth in the Red Bull.

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Part of the front wing of the HRT of Pedro de la Rosa falls off and is lay on the track.

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The Ferraris have been out on track in the updated F2012 for a few minutes. Felipe Massa went seventh and came back in, while Alonso is yet to get on the board.

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And Bottas goes second in the list! No time for Vettel, Button or Hamilton yet.

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Valtteri Bottas in the Williams, their test and reserve driver, is up to fifth with 1:25.428. Schumi goes P2.

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Lotus F1 team: "Second flyer 1:25.717 and third fastest. Time to try a different front wing; heading back on same hards #CatchTheBull"

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Sixteen drivers have now set a time and the circuit is busy. Webber is eighth, no time as yet for Vettel. Raikkonen second.

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Schumacher and Rosberg emerge for a run-out. Sergio Perez visits the grass but makes it back on to track okay. His Chelsea logo is intact, meaning he doesn't need to come into the pits.

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Raikkonen runs wide at turn 10 but manages to improve anyway. Up to third.

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Kobayashi with the first 1:24 lap-time. Vettel comes out for the first time today - Red Bull are relaxed about practice, often leaving it late to get down to business. No need to cut it fine today though, with blue skies and sunshine.

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Kobayashi goes P1 with 1:25.297. Eight drivers on the board now, including Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus Renault in fifth.

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Vergne shaves a couple of seconds off his time. Nico Hulkenberg in the Force India goes fourth quickest.

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Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) sets the new benchmark - 1:27.125. Kobayashi is just behind that time while Daniel Ricciardo in the sister TR is a couple of seconds slower.

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Pic improves to 1:29.062, with Glock still the only other driver to have set a time.

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Timo Glock has set the first timed lap of the weekend, a 1:45.783, followed by Charles Pic's 1:31.011. Button pits again.

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Button begins serious running while Hamilton is more tentative.

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Button returns to the track, but most of his title rivals are chilling out in the various garages. Hamilton emerges from the pits and Button comes in for the regular nose.

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Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) is top of the standings at present, with Hamilton, Mark Webber (Red Bull), Button and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) not far behind. An interesting, unpredictable season so far.

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Michael Schumacher has denied frustration lay behind his criticism of tyre supplier Pirelli. He described them as like "driving on eggs" this week.

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Track temperature is 29 degrees Celsius.

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The track is quiet again, with Hamilton in the garage after a couple of laps.

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Lewis Hamilton's McLaren has the usual nose as he completes installation laps.

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Dani Clos takes out the HRT, which features major upgrades this weekend as they look to close the gap on their rivals.

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Kamui Kobayashi's Sauber is the first car on track.

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The 90-minute session is about to begin under bright sunshine.

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Welcome to coverage of the opening session of the Spanish Grand Prix.