Webber fastest in Spanish GP first practice

Mark Webber led his Red Bull teammate, Sebastian Vettel, in a one-two finish in the opening session of the Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday. Webber, the champion in Barcelona last year, set a quickest lap time of 1min 25.142sec at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Mark Webber

Red Bull's Mark Webber set the quickest time in the first practice of the Spanish Grand Prix. Paul Gilham/Getty Images

Vettel, who has won three of the season's first four races, was more than a second behind Webber. The defending Formula One champion was two-tenths of a second faster than Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso finished fourth in front of a home crowd.

It turned out to be an eventful day for Alonso who’s contract with Ferrari was extended till 2016. Alonso's best lap of 1:26.480 was more than two seconds quicker than that of his teammate, Felipe Massa, who was 16th.

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton, the only driver other than Vettel to win a race this season, finished sixth. Hamilton had a best lap of 1:26.988; his teammate, Jenson Button, was ninth in 1:27.138.

How They Finished

1. Mark Webber, Australia, Red Bull, 1min 25.142sec, 27 laps.
2. Sebastian Vettel, Germany, Red Bull, 1:26.149, 20.
3. Nico Rosberg, Germany, Mercedes, 1:26.379, 29.
4. Fernando Alonso, Spain, Ferrari, 1:26.480, 27.
5. Sergio Pérez, Mexico, Sauber, 1:26.738, 26.
6. Lewis Hamilton, Britain, McLaren, 1:26.988, 19.
7. Michael Schumacher, Germany, Mercedes, 1:27.016, 32.
8. Nick Heidfeld, Germany, Renault, 1:27.132, 21.
9. Jenson Button, Britain, McLaren, 1:27.138, 22.
10. Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Williams, 1:27.212, 20.