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Summary

  1. Bottas fastest, Stroll crashes
  2. Mercedes have had one-two finishes at all of the opening four races
  3. Get involved: Is Bottas good enough to be champion? #bbcf1

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By Michael Emons

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  1. Back at 13:30 BST.

    That’s your lot for now. We’re taking a short break but will be back up and running at 13:30 BST for the second practice session. See you then.

  2. Bottas top in Spain as Stroll crashes – read the report

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Valterri Bottas of Mercedes

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    Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottasheaded the two Ferrarisin a closely matched first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix.

    Bottas, the world championship leader after four races, was 0.115 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel, with Charles Leclerc a further 0.106secs behind.

    Lewis Hamilton was fourth quickest, complaining that his tyres had not been in suitable shape on his quickest lap.

    The session ended with a crash for Racing Point’s Lance Stroll at Turn Nine. The Canadian brushed the grass on entry to the fast right-hander and speared straight into the wall.

  3. Get Involved #bbcf1

    Not much sympathy out there for Lance Stroll…

    Josh Boot:Imagine your old man buying you an F1 team, and then you keep binning the car at every opportunity. Stroll just does not have the quality to race at F1 level, instead, he’s pushed out proper quality drivers such as Esteban Ocon.

    Ed Marshall 7:Wish I had a dad who bought me an F1 team for my useless driving talent.

    Racing Point's Lance Stroll

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  4. Post update

    So lots of work for some of the mechanics to be getting on with. Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen both had late problems, and Lance Stroll had a heavy smash very late on.

  5. BreakingBottas fastest in first practice

    That Lance Stroll crash has brought out the red flags and brings the session to a premature end. This is how they finish with Valtteri Bottas, our championship leader, top of the times.

    1. Bottas 1:17.951
    2. Vettel +0.115
    3. Leclerc +0.221
    4. Hamilton +0.624
    5. Grosjean +0.992
    6. Sainz +1.204
    7. Magnussen +1.229
    8. Gasly +1.334
    9. Kvyat +1.413
    10. Hulkenberg +1.499
    11. Ricciardo +1.560
    12. Verstappen +1.893
    13. Stroll +1.904
    14. Giovinazzi +2.070
    15. Norris +2.115
    16. Albon +2.181
    17. Perez +2.508
    18. Raikkonen +2.640
    19. Kubica +2.938
    20. Russell +3.039
  6. Stroll in the wall!

    Turn nine and Lance Stroll has gone into the wall at some pace.

    “I hit the grass on entry,” says Stroll.

    An advertising hoarding is now wrapped around the front of his Racing Point, after a plume of smoke came from his tyres as he zoomed through the gravel into the wall.

    He walks away, but that is some work needed for his Racing Point team.

    Lance Stroll of Racing Point

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  7. Mercedes investigating Bottas’ car

    Andrew Benson

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer

    Valtteri Bottas is the fastest man today but his car is being checked out…

    Mercedes say an oil leak caused a precautionary engine shutdown for Valtteri. Now
    investigating the source of it.

  8. Post update

    “I’ve lost a mirror,” says George Russell, who is the slowest man out there today.

  9. Watch out for McLaren

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra

    Mclaren are a team to watch out for this weekend, Sainz in sixth and he has done a great job. It is between Renault and McLaren for ‘Best of the Rest’ this weekend.

    McLaren's Carlos Sainz Jr

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  10. The top 10 with 10 to go

    Ten minutes to go…

    1. Bottas 1:17.951
    2. Vettel +0.115
    3. Leclerc +0.221
    4. Hamilton +0.624
    5. Grosjean +0.992
    6. Sainz +1.204
    7. Magnussen +1.229
    8. Gasly +1.334
    9. Kvyat +1.413
    10. Hulkenberg +1.499
  11. ‘A big leak’

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter in Spain

    I’ve just seen Max Verstappen’s car, they have just lowered the floor and there is a load of liquid as they’ve had some big leak there. There is so much of that fluid around that floor.

  12. Post update

    Renault's Daniel Ricciardo

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    It has been a disappointing start to the season for Renault, who expected great things from the pairing of Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

    But Ricciardo has only finished one race, and Hulkenberg two, with the team down in seventh.

    Hulkenberg 10th and Ricciardo 11th so far in Spain. At least five tenths off the Haas of Grosjean in fifth.

  13. Post update

    Yes, yes Grosjean did go through some gravel, but this has been a good morning so far for Haas with Grosjean fifth and Magnussen seventh. Sainz, now the only Spaniard in the Spanish Grand Prix with no Alonso in F1 anymore, is sixth.

    Red Bull have work to do as Pierre Gasly is eighth with Max Verstappen 12th and his car being checked out.

  14. Get Involved #bbcf1

    What has changed for Bottas? Genuine title contender?

    Rachel T:It’s great that Bottas has upped a few gears – Lewis tends to have that effect on his teammates. But this is F1 and you could ask what took the Finn so long!

    Neil J McRae:No Valtteri Bottas isn’t a contender under normal racing. Just as Nico Rosberg wasn’t a contender either. Lewis had an engine failure that gifted a 25-point miss to Rosberg, let’s not forget that. Fear this year will be decided on mechanical issues rather than racing.

    Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas

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  15. Post update

  16. Problem for Verstappen

    Max Verstappen’s session may have come to an early end. He is sent back to the pits and the Red Bull mechanics get to work on his car. A leak issue? As soon as we know, you’ll know.

    Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing

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  17. How they stand

    1. Bottas
    2. Leclerc
    3. Vettel
    4. Hamilton
    5. Grosjean
    6. Sainz
    7. Magnussen
    8. Gasly
    9. Kvyat
    10. Hulkenberg
    11. Ricciardo
    12. Verstappen (hard)
    13. Stroll (medium)
    14. Giovinazzi
    15. Norris
    16. Albon (medium)
    17. Perez (medium)
    18. Raikkonen
    19. Kubica (medium)
    20. Russell (medium)

    (soft tyres unless stated)

  18. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel, who has just been jumped by team-mate Charles Leclerc into second, says: “That was a messy lap with traffic, but I’ll go again.”

  19. Post update

  20. ‘Rears are done’

    An unhappy Lewis Hamilton on team radio: “Tyre prep was terrible. Rears are done.”