Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes one-two as the team started from where they left off, Valtteri Bottas slotting in second.
With the 90 minute session, the first of the season showed, it is still the usual names at the front of the field. It was only Mercedes though who would sample the ultrasoft tyre, which would see Hamilton do a time of 1:24.2. New driver Bottas didn’t match the time of Hamilton and was half a second down, but clearly ahead of the chasing pack.
Many expected Ferrari to be chasing Mercedes, or even beating Mercedes at the front of the field, but it was actually Red Bull with a revised package since winter testing. With Ricciardo just a tenth down on Bottas, the gap between him and his teammate was again half a second. Max Verstappen didn’t have a totally easy session though, with a gear sync problem.
Ferrari were actually a second down on the Mercedes, although on a different tyre compound. Kimi Raikkonen faster than Sebastian Vettel, but with only a couple of tenths between them.
As predicted, the midfield fight is tight, led by Williams’ Felipe Massa, but it was extremely close between him Romain Grosjean’s Haas, Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault and Sergio Perez’s pink Force India. The Mexicans teammate Esteban Ocon had breaking problems and fell to the bottom of the order.
McLaren didn’t finish at the bottom of the order, although the team brought out the testing rake on Stoffel Vandoornes car after they lost time in testing.
|1||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes||1m24.220s||–||22|
|2||Valtteri Bottas||Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport||Mercedes||1m24.803s||0.583s||25|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m24.886s||0.666s||19|
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||Red Bull/Renault||1m25.246s||1.026s||19|
|5||Kimi Raikkonen||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m25.372s||1.152s||16|
|6||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari||Ferrari||1m25.464s||1.244s||10|
|7||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m26.142s||1.922s||28|
|8||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m26.168s||1.948s||20|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m26.183s||1.963s||15|
|10||Sergio Perez||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m26.276s||2.056s||29|
|11||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.450s||2.230s||24|
|12||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m26.514s||2.294s||25|
|13||Lance Stroll||Williams Martini Racing||Williams/Mercedes||1m26.734s||2.514s||29|
|14||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m27.116s||2.896s||18|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m27.348s||3.128s||30|
|16||Esteban Ocon||Sahara Force India F1 Team||Force India/Mercedes||1m27.656s||3.436s||23|
|17||Kevin Magnussen||Haas F1 Team||Haas/Ferrari||1m27.667s||3.447s||20|
|18||Pascal Wehrlein||Sauber F1 Team||Sauber/Ferrari||1m28.539s||4.319s||22|
|19||Jolyon Palmer||Renault Sport F1 Team||Renault||1m28.585s||4.365s||6|
|20||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren Honda||McLaren/Honda||1m28.695s||4.475s||14|