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:
Fernando Alonso defends F1 decision-maki
Using Pierre Gasly as a No.2 driver 'off
Esteban Ocon admits he is depending on F
Sebastian Vettel believes emphasis is on
Daniel Ricciardo admits lack of competit
Hamilton/Verstappen F1's 'dream team' bu
Red Bull not interested in Formula E: 'I
Carlos Sainz rues focus on the negatives
Max Verstappen praised for his approach
Ferrari insist Mick Schumacher signing i
Pierre Gasly admits rate of Honda engine
Lewis Hamilton lacked freedom of express
Red Bull reveal why 2007 Fernando Alonso
Could Finland finally host an F1 Grand P
Michael Schumacher 'would be extremely p
Daniel Ricciardo claims Honda fears larg
Robert Kubica claims he is more like a '
UK motorsport chief & F1 teams consider
Mick Schumacher finally confirms joining
Opinion: Charles Leclerc can learn from
Honda identify an ability Mercedes & Fer
Sebastian Vettel could be next 'shock' F
Valtteri Bottas 'fully recharged' ahead
Daniel Ricciardo: Everyone in F1 knows N
Sergio Perez: Esteban Ocon's year as Mer
Max Verstappen heads into 2019 'ready to
Red Bull reveal why Sebastien Buemi was
McLaren post partial glimpse of 2019 car
Toro Rosso willing to sacrifice 2019 sea
Ferrari target shakedown of 2019 F1 car
Renault now ready to 'attack' in quest f
Felipe Massa offers insight into his F1
Robert Kubica: Fernando Alonso's divisiv
Pierre Gasly has a message for Red Bull
Mercedes ties prevented Esteban Ocon fro
Lando Norris brushes off pressure of avo
Ferrari chairman rejects Maurizio Arriva
Early 2019 aero development saw 'big hit
Adrian Newey reinvigorated by Red Bull's
Niki Lauda released from hospital after
Mick Schumacher likely to test 2019 Ferr
Lewis Hamilton will finish his F1 career
Mercedes' Toto Wolff hints at Red Bull t
Daniel Ricciardo joining Renault a year
McLaren & Williams failing because of th
Sergio Perez reveals why he snubbed oppo
Stefano Domenicali linked with Ferrari r
Mercedes boss recalls 'amazing' first me
Max Verstappen now faster than Daniel Ri
Pirelli unfazed by 2021 F1 uncertainty b
McLaren taking measures to improve relia
Esteban Ocon issue simple 2020 F1 ultima
Toro Rosso's 2019 car the first to pass
Max Verstappen enjoys 'constructive' day
McLaren sure Fernando Alonso exit won't
Sergio Perez: Racing Point the best team
Haas still has to 'earn the respect' of
Carlos Sainz already looking for long-te
Formula 1 star Pierre Gasly to partner L
Vietnam's F1 circuit developed using fir
Hockenheim & Monza proved 'things weren'
Honda defiant over claims of setbacks wi
Daniel Ricciardo will boost Renault but
Mick Schumacher knows rushing to F1 woul
Nico Rosberg names one quality Hamilton
McLaren appoint ex-Porsche WEC chief And
Williams: Robert Kubica a 'proper driver
Canadian GP promoter excited by Stroll/P
Ross Brawn: McLaren & Williams 'great te
Michael Schumacher pushed Mercedes to go
Esteban Ocon tips Racing Point to close
Mattia Binotto must deliver championship
Toro Rosso's Franz Tost has simple cure
UPDATED: Pneumonia not the cause for Nik
Sauber set their target after 'pushing l
Romain Grosjean: Haas 'scaring' Renault
Charles Leclerc a future star but 2019 n
Is the opposition to Hamilton/Schumacher
Sebastian Vettel plays down loss of deve
Charles Leclerc responds to Hamilton nam
Honda bringing Red Bull 'in the region'
Renault obliged to prevent Daniel Riccia
Ferrari confirm Maurizio Arrivabene's de
Valtteri Bottas sees positive outlook fo
Haas wary of 2019 F1 regulations but Wil
Ross Brawn admits growing 'impatience' a
Mercedes hoping potential to match Ferra
Sauber considering shakedown of 2019 car
McLaren sure Liberty will address rise o
Arrivabene out, Binotto promoted to team
Niki Lauda back in hospital after contra
Honda facing two significant problems ah
Williams chief Lowe reveals Ross Brawn's
Mercedes tells Valtteri Bottas what is r
Honda sees great benefit from increased
Lawrence Stroll reveals main reason for
Robert Kubica admits saying no to Ferrar
Nico Hulkenberg: The key area Ricciardo
Kimi Raikkonen not making Sauber predict
Lewis Hamilton never asked for Sochi tea