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By Alan Davies, Formula One correspondent
Friday, May 11, 2012
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton was only eighth fastest in first practice for the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.
The drivers’ championship standings after the 2012 Bahrain Grand Prix.
1 Sebastian Vettel 53 pts
2 Lewis Hamilton 49
3 Mark Webber 48
4 Jenson Button 43
5 Fernando Alonso 43
6 Nico Rosberg 35
7 Kimi Raikkonen 34
8 Romain Grosjean 23
9 Sergio Perez 22
10 Paul di Resta 15
Fernando Alonso set the pace for Ferrari at the Circuit de Catalunya in sunny Barcelona ahead of his home race with a lap time of 1m 24.430s.
Hertfordshire-born F1 racer Hamilton was eighth on a 1m 25.252s this morning (Friday).
His Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team-mate Jenson Button posted the fourth quickest lap of the opening session in Spain with a 1m 24.996s.
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel went second fastest for Red Bull during the first European practice session of the 2012 season.
McLaren tried a new nose during P1 and both drivers conducted line-of-sight tests, with Lewis’ car also featuring a diffuser rake.
The 2012 Santander Spanish Grand Prix starts at 1pm BST on Sunday.