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:
Ricciardo reveals Red Bull blocked post-
Haas 'aghast' over deficit to front-runn
FIA unlikely to reconsider red flag rule
Vettel pleased Ferrari back 'in range' o
Ricciardo hints at Turn 1 challenge from
Verstappen bemused by suspension failure
Hamilton satisfied to get second Q3 lap
US GP: Hamilton snatches pole, Vettel to
US GP: Vettel leads tightly packed top t
Ocon tips Leclerc & Gasly to trigger gen
Mercedes boss Wolff would 'probably' use
Ricciardo predicts Austin 'lottery' than
Pirelli reveal 2019 tyre colours amid ch
Bottas focused on own performance despit
McLaren not returning full-time to IndyC
Vettel disagrees with grid penalty for r
US GP: Hamilton untouchable with one-lap
Horner clarifies misquoted comment on Ve
Arrivabene claims Ferrari critics 'waiti
Toro Rosso drivers take new Honda engine
US GP: Hamilton leads by over a second i
Vettel vows to maintain Suzuka approach
Hartley questions his support from Toro
Williams looking to secure budget and Oc
Following Michael 'not a burden' for Mic
Hamilton: Thoughts of claiming the title
Ricciardo unconcerned by Renault pace: 2
Alonso considers Hamilton among top five
Verstappen 'has more talent' than Vettel
Manufacturers to blame for current F1 di
Perez confirmed at Force India for 2019
Hamilton on matching Schumacher: "We'll
Renault to build all-new engine for 2019
Leclerc would expect Ferrari axe if pace
Verstappen concerned 2019 wing changes w
Alonso: F1 needs to refind the unpredict
Kubica to receive financial boost in bid
Marko in talks with Nissan to secure Alb
Renault warns of manufacturer exit if F1
Schumacher not ready to take the big lea
Russell maintained belief in 2019 F1 sea
Verstappen: Red Bull approach will avoid
FIA's Whiting rejects thought of delayin
Kvyat 'stronger and better prepared' ahe
Sainz hoping for repeat of 2017 Renault
Perez: Force India results vindicated ad
Hamilton 'a class act' as he goes for fi
Wehrlein joins Mahindra in Formula E for
Renault: Verstappen should blame Red Bul
Renault covering their own lack of pace
Stroll pleased 'bridge hasn't burned' wi
Vandoorne gets confirmed with HWA for Se
Vettel 'a lot like Schumacher' and will
Alonso admits each F1 race is 'more emot
Ricciardo right at home at 'one of the b
Mick Schumacher 'can become one of the g
Mercedes see threats from Honda and aero
Sainz confident McLaren will rebound in
Haas boss Steiner does see capacity for
Webber questions 'long-term' Renault mov
Hamilton calls for 'dynamic' F1 weekends
Leclerc doesn't rule out 2019 F1 title b
Williams is considering Ocon for second
Abiteboul: Renault a victim of Mercedes/
FIA gives green-light to 2019 F1 calenda
Pirelli prepared to allow teams unlimite
Mercedes junior Russell confirmed at Wil
Palmer wants 're-think' of F1 stewarding
Marko 'upset' with Vettel and 'shocked'
Toro Rosso's Tost: Time running out to a
Verstappen reveals Red Bull's sharp resp
Wehrlein refused Formula E offers as he
Mercedes suggests Sochi team order was a
Vettel accepts Mercedes have had it 'too
Ex-F1 driver Coulthard reveals all-femal
Ricciardo admits F1 motivation has 'fluc
Sainz concedes Renault engine gains insu
FIA refute engine sensor claim regarding
Hamilton calls for Vettel 'respect' by m
Vettel to seek private chat with Verstap
Wolff: Only a 'freak' injury could stop
Vettel reaffirms Ferrari commitment afte
Alonso: Suzuka penalty proves 'how bad F
Vietnam to be confirmed on 2020 Formula
Hamilton surprised by sudden Ferrari slu
Gasly unhappy with Toro Rosso strategy a
FIA's Whiting explains why Magnussen avo
Raikkonen: Verstappen incident compromis
Mercedes boss Wolff: Vettel right to att
Alonso enjoyed the fight despite finishi
Ricciardo admits P4 exceeded Red Bull's
Bottas accepts finishing P2 to Hamilton
Leclerc demands answers from stewards af
Verstappen rejects blame for Ferrari inc
Vettel slams Verstappen for coming toget
Hamilton vows 'one step at a time' as fi
Japanese GP: Hamilton eases to lights-to
Alonso: McLaren car the same since Spain
Ocon gets grid penalty for practice red
Hartley thrilled by best F1 qualifying a