Formula 1 is guesting in Barcelona. In the first free practice session, the Scuderia from Maranello took the lead with both drivers.

Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz dominated the first Formula 1 practice session before the Spanish Grand Prix. Leclerc, the world championship leader from Monaco, was 0.079 seconds ahead of his Spanish team-mate on Friday in the north of Barcelona.

Behind the Scuderia drivers, Dutch world champion Max Verstappen in the Red Bull was third. The 24-year-old world championship runner-up was 0.336 seconds behind Leclerc at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Sebastian Vettel finished 16th in the Aston Martin, Mick Schumacher drove his Haas race car to 15th place. The two Germans were both more than two seconds behind the front runners.

Vettel and his Canadian stable rival Lance Stroll were competing for the first time in a heavily revised car with many technical changes. The world governing body for motor sport had investigated whether the English had copied aerodynamic parts from rival Red Bull. According to a statement, however, the FIA quickly came to the conclusion that the racing team was not breaking any rules with the new cars.

In contrast to Red Bull, Ferrari also presented itself with a technically overhauled car for the season opener in the 30-degree Spanish heat and will thus continue to keep Verstappen at bay. Leclerc leads the overall standings by 19 points ahead of the defending champion before the sixth race of the season on Sunday.