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Friday analysis - Mercedes remain clear favourites

Mercedes’ rivals may have hoped that various updates would bring them closer to the championship leaders in Spain on Friday, but sadly for them there was little sign of that materialising. At least perfect weather in both sessions enabled the teams to conduct their outright pace runs on Pirelli’s hard and medium compounds, and then to do their race running. We take a team-by-team look at day one in Barcelona…MercedesLewis Hamilton, 1m 27.023s, P1/1m 25.524s, P1Nico Rosberg, 1m 28.168s, P5/1m 25.973s, P2Hamilton said he’d had the best Friday he could remember in a long time after dominating both sessions. Rosberg had an ERS cooling problem in FP1, but came back...
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