Indeed, for Fernando Alonso there was a degree of deja vu as he spun off the track after just 6 laps causing the first red flag of the year. The cause of the spin, which saw the Spaniard lose his right-rear wheel, is understood to have been traced to a wheelnut.
Though the Spaniard wasn't expected out again this morning he reappeared in the final moments of the session completing a further 3 laps.
In addition to topping the timesheets, Ricciardo also completed one of the longest runs of the morning, the Australian completing over 25 laps and posting some very consistent times in the process.
Other than a second red flag when Nikita Mazepin spun off at T4 it was a largely uneventful morning, with most of the running done on Pirelli's medium tyres.
That said, while Ricciardo and Bottas posted their best times on the mediums, those of Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and Hartley were set on softs, while Alonso's best was on Supersofts.
Clearly Renault isn't alone in making progress however, for Ricciardo's best time (1:20.179) is quicker than the best time posted on Day 1 last year, when Lewis Hamilton topped the sheets with a 1:21.765 posted on softs. Indeed, Bottas, Raikkonen and Hulkenberg also eclipsed Hamilton's 2017 best.