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Valtteri Bottas tops timesheet ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton in dominant first practice in Spain

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Valtteri Bottas led team-mate and Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes one-two after first practice before Friday’s Spanish Grand Prix. 

The Finn, who dropped to third in the driver’s standings after Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone, clocked a best time of one minute 16.785 seconds on a hot morning at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Bottas also reported hitting a bird, which had flown across his path, during the session. 

Valtteri Bottas has set the early pace at the Spanish GP, topping first practice in Catalunya

Valtteri Bottas has set the early pace at the Spanish GP, topping first practice in Catalunya

Valtteri Bottas has set the early pace at the Spanish GP, topping first practice in Catalunya 

Lewis Hamilton followed his Finnish team-mate in, with Max Verstappen just behind him

Lewis Hamilton followed his Finnish team-mate in, with Max Verstappen just behind him

Lewis Hamilton followed his Finnish team-mate in, with Max Verstappen just behind him 

Ferrari impressed, placing Charles Leclerc fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth amid poor form

Ferrari impressed, placing Charles Leclerc fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth amid poor form

Ferrari impressed, placing Charles Leclerc fourth and Sebastian Vettel fifth amid poor form 

Six times world champion Hamilton was 0.039 slower with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – now second overall after winning at Silverstone to end Mercedes’ opening run of success – third fastest but 0.939 off the Finn’s pace.

Hamilton, who has a 30-point lead over Verstappen, has won the last three Spanish Grands Prix and is going for his fourth win in six races this season on Sunday.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was fourth fastest, 1.185 slower than Bottas, with German team mate Sebastian Vettel fifth and only 0.011 off the Monegasque’s pace.

Romain Grosjean earned sixth-place, building on Haas' steady fightback after a miserable start

Romain Grosjean earned sixth-place, building on Haas' steady fightback after a miserable start

Romain Grosjean earned sixth-place, building on Haas’ steady fightback after a miserable start

Nicholas Latifi's performances are a cause for Williams concern, only edging Roy Nissany

Nicholas Latifi's performances are a cause for Williams concern, only edging Roy Nissany

Nicholas Latifi’s performances are a cause for Williams concern, only edging Roy Nissany 

Vettel has a new chassis for the race after Ferrari found a crack in the one he had used last weekend.

Haas’s Romain Grosjean, whose car also has a Ferrari engine, was a surprise sixth quickest ahead of Racing Point’s returning Mexican Sergio Perez, who missed two races due to testing positive for COVID-19.

Perez was using the slower medium tyres rather than the quicker softs used by those ahead of him, however.

Drivers look set to encounter a wet track at some points during this week's racing in Spain

Drivers look set to encounter a wet track at some points during this week's racing in Spain

Drivers look set to encounter a wet track at some points during this week’s racing in Spain

Vettel will be desperate to close the gap to the front this week in his disappointing Ferrari

Vettel will be desperate to close the gap to the front this week in his disappointing Ferrari

Vettel will be desperate to close the gap to the front this week in his disappointing Ferrari

Briton George Russell sat out the session, handing his car to Israeli development driver Roy Nissany who was the slowest driver on track.

Nissany lapped 3.879 seconds slower than Bottas but only 0.3 adrift of Williams’ Canadian Nicholas Latifi.

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MANCHESTER UNITED get off and running in the Premier League with a home game against Crystal Palace.

But the start has not gone as planned for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with Andros Townsend putting Palace in front after just seven minutes.

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Arsenal will face London rivals West Ham at the Emirates Stadium this evening as they look to build on their Premier League opening win against Fulham. 

The Gunners will be hoping for another top performance from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who finally signed a new three-year deal with the club after a summer of uncertainty.  

Meanwhile, West Ham will look to bounce back after their opening game defeat to Newcastle, but now face a horror run of fixtures including Liverpool, Manchester City, and Tottenham. 

Sportsmail’s MATT PORTER will provide live EPL coverage of Arsenal vs West Ham including score, lineups and build-up.

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Real Madrid fire bitter parting shot at Gareth Bale despite Tottenham legend’s FOUR European titles

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REAL MADRID fired a bitter and glum parting shot at Gareth Bale returned to Tottenham in a loan deal.

Spurs announced the signing of Bale – seven years after he left to join Madrid – and Sergio Reguilon.

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As the Bernabeu pair both linked up in London, they were given very different goodbye messages from the LaLiga champions.

On Bale’s transfer, they said: “Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed to the loan of Gareth Bale for next season, until 30 June, 2021.

“Our club wishes the best of luck to a player who is part of one of the most successful periods of our history.”

Whereas Madrid said following after Reguilon’s move: “Real Madrid C. F. and Tottenham Hotspur FC have agreed a deal for the transfer of Sergio Reguilón.

“Our club would like to thank Sergio Reguilón for his commitment, his professionalism and his exemplary behaviour throughout his career at Real Madrid and wishes him the best of luck at his new club.”

Bale has joined Spurs on a season long loan, with his Madrid contract expiring next summer, meaning he can make the move permanent on a free.

Reguilon on the other hand arrives in a £27million deal, with Manchester United also showing prior interest.

Bale scored 105 goals and made 68 assists for Madrid in just 251 games – also winning FOUR Champions League trophies in the Spanish capital.

But he returns for his second spell in North London after being frozen out of Madrid’s squad.

The 31-year-old completed his medical in Spain after saying goodbye to his Madrid team-mates.

Madrid have been keen to get the Welshman’s huge £650,000-per-week wages off the book.

It is understood that Spurs will pay 50 per cent – with the LaLIga champions covering the other half.

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