The Reuters global sports blog
Button still has the Brawn after car modifications
Free practice for the Spanish Grand Prix took place on Friday with most teams bringing modified cars to Barcelona as they attempt to catch the high flying Brawn-Mercedes team.
Brawn’s Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg of Williams set the fastest laps in the two practice sessions but despite having opportunities to upgrade their cars, Ferrari and McLaren were well off the pace.
Red Bull, second in the constructors’ table, recovered from a weak first session, as Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel finished fifth and seventh fastest second time around.
Practice is rarely an accurate gauge as to the result of the race, however, if you’re 14th and 13th fastest, as reigning champion Lewis Hamilton was in today’s sessions, it leaves you facing an uphill challenge.