Hamilton leads the pack in Montreal first practice

Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver in the first practice session for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. He ended up four tenths clear of team-mate Nico Rosberg who in turn was over a second faster than Romain Grosjean in third.

A number of drivers took to track early on to complete their installation laps. Off the back of scoring McLaren’s first points of the season in Monaco, Jenson Button had a difficult start in FP1, struggling to get out of second gear on his own install lap. His running was compromised briefly as the team worked to fix the gearbox issue but he eventually completed 25 laps and finished the session in 15th. Team-mate Fernando Alonso reported having “no power” during the session. Elsewhere Felipe Massa struggled with braking while other drivers including Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas cut across corners.

Carlos Sainz spun at Turn 1 in his Toro Rosso while Bottas also had a spin, reporting that the rear of his car was unstable. Daniil Kvyat also had issues with the rear of his car. Hamilton became another spinner when he ran off at the hairpin. In the last 20 minutes of the session there was plenty of action. Sainz stopped at the end of the pit-lane with ten minutes of the session remaining.

It was a strong showing for Mercedes powered cars as they made up six of the top ten cars. The Silver Arrows led the way with Lotus and Force India just behind them. Sebastian Vettel was the lead Ferrari driver in fifth while Kvyat was seventh. Massa ended the session in sixth while Bottas was eleventh. Also in the top ten were Pastor Maldonado, Alonso and Max Verstappen.

Free Practice 1 results:

  1.  Lewis Hamilton – 1:16.212 – 34 laps
  2. Nico Rosberg – 1:16.627 – 38 laps
  3. Romain Grosjean – 1:17.721 – 35 laps
  4. Nico Hulkenberg – 1:17.871 – 34 laps
  5. Sebastian Vettel – 1:17.905 – 25 laps
  6. Felipe Massa – 1:17.985 – 28 laps
  7. Daniil Kvyat – 1:18.021 – 30 laps
  8. Pastor Maldonado – 1:18.026 – 41 laps
  9. Fernando Alonso – 1:18.128 – 34 laps
  10. Max Verstappen – 1:18.257 – 24 laps
  11. Valtteri Bottas – 1:18.325 – 40 laps
  12. Kimi Raikkonen – 1:18.439 – 26 laps
  13. Sergio Perez – 1:18.503 – 28 laps
  14. Daniel Ricciardo – 1:18.775 – 24 laps
  15. Jenson Button – 1:18.786 – 25 laps
  16. Felipe Nasr – 1:18.948 – 30 laps
  17. Carlos Sainz – 1:19.065 – 23 laps
  18. Marcus Ericsson – 1:19.165 – 32 laps
  19. Roberto Merhi – 1:20.616 – 33 laps
  20. Will Stevens – 1:20.624 – 27 laps
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