Lewis Hamilton has beaten his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to go fastest by four tenths of a second to go fastest in first practice ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Mercedes power looks to be key this weekend after Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg were third and fourth respectively. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fifth 1.6 seconds of Hamilton’s time.
The champion’s session wasn’t entirely clear after he had a late spin but remained on track. Hamilton really wants to beat Rosberg after being robbed of victory in Monaco after a team strategy error cost him victory.
Ferrari who has brought a bhp upgrade to this weekend has not managed to catch Mercedes. However, Mercedes have brought their own upgrade which has been supplied to all there team’s.
Felipe Massa was sixth backing up the belief that Williams will be better in place following a poor performance in Monaco. Daniil Kvyat was ahead of the Louts of Pastor Maldonado in eightieth and the McLaren of Fernando Alonso and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas.
Fernando Alonso who hasn’t managed to score a point this season was ninth for McLaren ahead of Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen in tenth.
Practice resumes at 2pm local time (19:00 BST 18:00 GMT) and forecasts suggest it could be hit by rain showers.