Lewis Hamilton made the perfect start to his home race weekend by topping the timesheets in Practice 1 at the British Grand Prix.
Under gloriously sunny skies at Silverstone, the world champion posted a 1m27.487s on his second flying lap to beat Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by a third of a second as the Brackley-based team threw down the gauntlet to their rivals.
Sebastian Vettel was half a second down in third for Ferrari indicating the gap may not be as big as some feared, with the Scuderia known to run lower engine modes and hide most of their pace until Saturday.
Daniel Ricciardo would be a further tenth back in fourth for Red Bull after setting his best on the first flying lap using the Soft compound Pirellis. The Australian's session would be a little scruffy with a trip through the gravel at Luffield after running wide at Chapel.
Kimi Raikkonen would have a spin on the exit of Brooklands en route to fifth as Max Verstappen would opt to run the Medium tyres all session in the second RB14 and finishing sixth. The Dutchman's opening practice would end a few minutes early though after pulling off towards the pit wall on the main straight with a suspected gearbox problem.
One of the stories before the session was whether drivers would attempt to take Abbey, the near flat-out first corner, with the DRS open as a third zone on the pit straight does create the opportunity to do so.
Verstappen was certainly seen doing so early on, while others opted to manually close the rear wing flap on the approach before re-opening on the exit, with that possibility available should they remain at full throttle.
Unsurprisingly, the system would catch one driver out, that being Romain Grosjean who claimed he missed the button on the steering wheel going over a bump before sliding through the gravel and into the barrier.
Still, the Frenchman, who scored his first points of the year last weekend in Austria, was the best midfield runner in seventh, half a second clear of the two Force India's in eighth and ninth with lance Stroll completing the top 10 for Williams.
The two Sauber's ran well with Marcus Ericsson 11th and Charles Leclerc 13th both sandwiching the Toro Rosso of Pierre Gasly.
Kevin Magnussen and Fernando Alonso were involved in a feisty moment on track early on, with the Dane unhappy that the Spaniard did not fully let him through before Turn 1 and responded by giving the McLaren driver a little squeeze on the Wellington Straight.
They would finish 14th and 15th respectively on the timesheet as Renault lagged down the order with Carlos Sainz 16th and Nico Hulkenberg 18th.
Brendon Hartley was 19th as Sergey Sirotkin completed the order in the second Williams, recovering from a spin into the gravel at Vale early on.
An eventful start to the weekend which also saw many complaining about a very bumpy Silverstone surface despite having been re-tarmacked since last year.
Also, track limits on the exit of Vale could well be looked into with the racing line starting to emerge on the outside of the kerb rather than inside as so many drivers run all four wheels off the track.
Full results from Practice 1 can be seen below:
McLaren set to confirm Carlos Sainz as A
Verstappen undeterred by high Honda comp
Williams relying on Paddy Lowe to turn a
Haas boss Steiner: Mercedes teams can't
Carey willing to use Miami-style risk-sh
Red Bull's infamous 'multi-21' incident
Fernando Alonso to leave F1 at the end o
Gasly keen to seize Red Bull opportunity
Villeneuve: Stroll should join Force Ind
Daniel Ricciardo: Why Renault was the on
Ricciardo didn't want to play a 'support
Perez to consider options but wants Forc
Marko rejects claims Verstappen influenc
Mercedes keen to match Ferrari power but
Red Bull rule out Alonso, McLaren CEO co
Szafnauer delighted as Force India rescu
Carey: 'Hero' F1 drivers making sport 'm
Toro Rosso sure Honda will power Red Bul
Hulkenberg aware of 'challenge' against
Hamilton insists Ferrari faster but perh
Force India development on hold during a
Williams in talks to enhance Mercedes pa
Verstappen: Non-works team status puts R
Red Bull boss Horner thought Ricciardo '
Haas chief Steiner suggests F1 stewards
Doctors 'very, very happy' with Lauda's
Verstappen blocking Sainz promotion to R
Brown: McLaren's lack of competitiveness
Hakkinen: Hamilton & Vettel comparable t
Robert Kubica reflects on his first year
Daniel Ricciardo leaves Red Bull for Ren
New Ferrari CEO offers mixed signals on
Ex-McLaren tester De la Rosa doesn't wan
Mercedes eyeing Williams seat for Russel
Renault blocking Force India aid over wo
Daniel Ricciardo certain of new Red Bull
Bottas 'wasn't fussed' about hitting Vet
Bahrain not among circuits being conside
Williams, Force India reveal first 2019
Ericsson has raced without a drink 'for
Liberty proposal to help Force India rec
Abiteboul: Renault stopped listening to
Alonso hails McLaren strategy after birt
Gasly hoping P6 in Budapest a reminder t
Hamilton: Vettel pit-stop error likely s
Ricciardo ready for summer after finishi
Wolff upsets Bottas with 'wingman' comme
Verstappen & Red Bull livid with Renault
Vettel clears Bottas in incident: 'He ha
Hungarian GP: Hamilton eases to sixth Bu
Vettel relaxed but admits Ferrari 'missi
Ricciardo defends Red Bull decision-maki
Hungarian GP: Hamilton claims pole as Fe
Hungarian GP: Vettel remains ahead, Merc
Toro Rosso's Key will not be released to
Force India enter administration after P
Hamilton admits Mercedes' lack of pace '
Ricciardo wary single-lap pace could hur
Vettel claims qualifying is key as he lo
Hungarian GP: Vettel beats the Bulls in
Hungarian GP: Ricciardo edges Vettel to
Villeneuve: Hamilton 'confuses F1 with H
Key leaves Toro Rosso, set to join McLar
Force India would consider Renault offer
Red Bull hopeful Ricciardo will avoid Hu
Hamilton used hostile Hockenheim atmosph
Ex-Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne di
Lawrence Stroll poised to buy Force Indi
Miami holds off F1 Grand Prix ambitions
Nico & Max differ on impact of Vettel's
Wolff: Mercedes only favoured the lead d
Hartley hails teamwork as Gasly rues gue
Hulkenberg had Brazil 2012 flashbacks en
Grosjean delighted with late Hockenheim
Ricciardo "won't remember" German GP aft
Raikkonen: Ferrari wasn't clear with Vet
Bottas: Mercedes team order made 'comple
Vettel rues 'big impact' of a 'small mis
Hamilton hails 'tremendous' win after su
Lewis Hamilton victorious from 14th as r
German GP: Vettel beats Bottas to home p
Marchionne likely to step down as Ferrar
Alonso to consider McLaren future during
Red Bull expect Ricciardo deal to be a f
German GP: Leclerc leads rain-hit Practi
Stroll 'wants to do what's best' for his
Webber: Vettel still susceptible to Baku
Verstappen: Red Bull pace better than ex
Hamilton admits tyres the main focus aft
German GP: Verstappen gives Red Bull Fri
Red Bull: Honda partnership has more pot
Magnussen: Alonso radio theatrics akin t
Vettel plays down "human" Hamilton react
F1 set to overhaul in tyre design as par
FIA confirm 20-place grid penalty for Ri
German GP: Ricciardo pips Hamilton in Pr
After Hamilton, Bottas is now confirmed
Vettel sees "no rush" in promoting Lecle
Hamilton reveals rival team interest, ex
Hamilton & Mercedes confirm two-year con