Hamilton fastest in opening practice in Canada

2016 Canada Grand Prix, FridayCanadian

Lewis Hamilton topped both practice sessions on Friday at the Canadian F1 Grand Prix, heading team-mate Nico Rosberg in the opening session and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in the second.

Hamilton’s times improved by half a second over the two sessions, his 1:14.755 being lowered to a 1:14.212 in the second ninety-minute practice.

His times proved enough to be three tenths clear of Nico Rosberg and a quarter of a second clear of Sebastian Vettel respectively.

Felipe Massa’s day came to an abrupt and early end in the opening session when the Brazilian crashed heavily into the barriers approaching turn one.

Spearing into the wall on the right hand side, the impact tore a wheel off the Williams and drew the red flag though Massa was able to climb free uninjured.

Running against its usual strategy, Williams put in a comparable lap on Friday morning, with Valtteri Bottas ending the day sixth fastest.

Traditionally Williams plays its cards close to its chest on the opening day, with its true pace only becoming evident during qualifying simulations towards the end of final practice.

Problems for Jenson Button in the opening session saw McLaren revert to the engine he’d used in Monaco, though he kept the new turbo charger Honda is debuting this weekend.

The 2009 world champion ended the second session seventh fastest.

The Red Bull’s of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were fourth and fifth quickest, the duo setting almost identical lap times some one second off the ultimate pace.

At the front, Hamilton looks a strong favourite as his times were set on the soft compound tyres while those behind set their best on supersofts.

Motorsport news courtesy of Velocity Magazine; Australia’s leading monthly motorsport magazine. Buy online at vmag.com.au

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