Hamilton draws first blood in Canadian GP practice

CGvz3x0UkAMfdxGThe Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated Friday morning’s opening practice for the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2015, the world champion heading his team mate by 0.415s around Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Their nearest rival was Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, the Frenchman finishing 1.5s down on Hamilton’s benchmark, and from there on the times were very tight, with around a second covering the next ten drivers.

As ever at the start of the Canadian weekend, there were plenty of off-track moments as drivers explored the limits of the somewhat green track surface, with Hamilton, Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas all surviving spins.

Fourth in the times was Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, followed by the leading Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Williams of Felipe Massa. Daniil Kvyat was seventh for Red Bull, with Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado, McLaren’s Fernando Alonso and Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen completing the top ten.

Canadian Grand Prix First Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:16.212 Leader Leader 34
2 6 Nico Roseberg 1:16.627 -0.415 -0.415 38
3 8 Romain Grojean 1:17.721 -1.509 -1.094 35
4 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:17.871 -1.659 -0.150 34
5 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:17.905 -1.693 -0.034 25
6 19 Felipe Massa 1:17.985 -1.773 -0.080 28
7 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:18.021 -1.809 -0.036 30
8 13 Pastor Maldonado 1:18.026 -1.814 -0.005 41
9 14 Fernando Alonso 1:18.128 -1.916 -0.102 34
10 33 Max Verstappen 1:18.257 -2.045 -0.129 24
11 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:18.325 -2.113 -0.068 40
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:18.439 -2.227 -0.114 26
13 11 Sergio Perez 1:18.503 -2.291 -0.064 28
14 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:18.775 -2.563 -0.272 24
15 22 Jenson Button 1:18.786 -2.574 -0.011 25
16 12 Felipe Nasr 1:18.948 -2.736 -0.162 30
17 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:19.065 -2.853 -0.117 23
18 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:19.165 -2.953 -0.100 32
19 98 Roberto Merhi 1:20.616 -4.404 -1.451 33
20 28 Will Stevens 1:20.624 -4.412 -0.008 27

 

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