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Motor racing: Hamilton on top, more woe for Vettel in Spain with power shutdown

Published on May 9, 2014 7:06 PM
 
Mercedes-AMG's British driver Lewis Hamilton drives during the first practice session at the Circuit de Catalunya, in Montmelo, on the outskirts of Barcelona on May 9, 2014, ahead of the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix. Hamilton set the pace for dominant Mercedes in first Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday, while the pain remained the same for Sebastian Vettel despite a Red Bull chassis switch. -- PHOTO: AFP

BARCELONA (REUTERS) - Race favourite Lewis Hamilton set the pace for dominant Mercedes in first Spanish Grand Prix practice on Friday, while the pain remained the same for Sebastian Vettel despite a Red Bull chassis switch.

Hamilton's fastest lap of 1min 27.023sec, set six minutes from the end, was 0.868 quicker than Jenson Button who was best of the rest for McLaren.

The impressive margin on a sunny morning at the Circuit de Catalunya further underlined the Briton's status as the man to watch after three wins in a row.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg, who is four points clear of team mate Hamilton and had said on Thursday he just needed a "normal weekend" to regain the momentum, suffered a cooling issue that cut short his session. He was fifth fastest.

 
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