Posted May 11, 2012 on AP on Fox
McLaren's Jenson Button was fastest in practice for the Spanish Grand Prix, edging Formula One points leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull in a slippery final session on Friday. The British driver's lap time of 1 minute, 23.399 seconds around the Catalunya Circuit was under two-tenths of a second quicker than two-time defending champion Vettel, who won the race last year. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes, teammate Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus were the only other drivers within half a second of Button. A number of drivers ran off track as they grappled with tires on the hot track, with Red Bull's Mark Webber and Williams' Bruno Senna performing the most dramatic spins.

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Formula One drivers on even pace early

Formula One leader Sebastian Vettel is among several drivers who are keeping expectations in check for the Spanish Grand Prix, although local favorite Fernando Alonso is hoping the first race in Europe can revitalize Ferrari's campaign. Vettel, the two-time defending World Champion, went to the top of the standings for the first time with his victory in Bahrain last month. McLaren...
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