Jenson Button tops practice in revised McLaren

Button's MP4-27 receives a new nose during practice

Button's MP4-27 receives a new nose during practice

Jenson Button has set the pace on the opening day of practice for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix.

The Briton lapped the Barcelona circuit in a best of 1:23.399s to emerge 0.16s faster than Bahrain Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top five in the afternoon session, while the morning’s pace-setter Fernando Alonso could manage no better than 14th.

Australian drivers Mark Webber and Daniel Ricciardo ended the day seventh and 17th fastest respectively.

As usual, practice in Spain saw the majority of teams roll out a variety of upgrade packages, with a revised high-nose design on the McLaren the most notable of all.

Four reserve drivers took part in Practice 1, with Finn Valtteri Bottas an impressive fifth fastest in the Williams.

Alexander Rossi became the first American since Scott Speed to turn laps in a Formula 1 car on a Grand Prix weekend, ending Practice 1 21st in the Caterham.

Jules Bianchi (Force India) and Dani Clos (HRT) were also in action.

See below for the full Practice 1 result

Pos Driver Car Time/Retired Gap
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.430
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.808 0.378
3 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.912 0.482
4 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.996 0.566
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:25.120 0.690
6 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:25.187 0.757
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.217 0.787
8 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.252 0.822
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:25.285 0.855
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:25.339 0.909
11 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:25.367 0.937
12 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:25.433 1.003
13 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:25.539 1.109
14 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:25.607 1.177
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:25.918 1.488
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:26.226 1.796
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:26.297 1.867
18 Jules Bianchi Force India-Mercedes 1:26.630 2.200
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:27.475 3.045
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.267 3.837
21 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1:28.448 4.018
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:28.633 4.203
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:29.107 4.677
24 Dani Clos HRT-Cosworth 1:31.618 7.188

See below for the full Practice 2 result

Pos Driver Car Time/Retired Gap
1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.399
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:23.563 0.164
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.771 0.372
4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.909 0.510
5 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:23.918 0.519
6 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:23.964 0.565
7 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:24.065 0.666
8 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:24.080 0.681
9 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.214 0.815
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:24.365 0.966
11 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:24.418 1.019
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.422 1.023
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:24.468 1.069
14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:24.600 1.201
15 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.688 1.289
16 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:24.733 1.334
17 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:24.769 1.370
18 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:25.047 1.648
19 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:26.296 2.897
20 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:26.740 3.341
21 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.314 3.915
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.664 4.265
23 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:28.235 4.836
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth No time

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