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Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button lead practice in Spain // The home favourite led FP1, whilst Jenson Button was fastest in FP2

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Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button lead practice in Spain
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Welcome to F1Minute - Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button lead practice in Spain.

The sun was shining brightly in Barcelona today as the drivers took their cars out on track for the first time since the mid-season test. We saw plenty of flo-viz, as teams tried out their new upgrades. McLaren ran with an extra bump on the nose of the car - evaluating what it would be like from the driver’s point of view if they did go with a higher nose.

Meanwhile, four test drivers got a chance in the car, with Valtteri Bottas, Jules Bianchi, Dani Clos and Alexander Rossi all participating. Fernando Alonso posted the fastest time of the morning, with Sebastian Vettel behind him.

There were a few mishaps to behold as the second practice session in Spain got underway. Mark Webber ran very wide into the gravel trap, managing to make his way back to the circuit and bringing with him a heap of stones. Narain Karthikeyan ran for just two laps before his HRT ground to a halt out on track, leaving him without a time. Meanwhile, at the top, Jenson Button led Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.