Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the first practice session for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix. The world champion was three tenths faster than his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari Sebastian Vettel was a further two tenths behind.
Hamilton set the fastest time on the red walled supersoft tyre which was the slower tyre compared to his team-mate Rosberg. Like Hamilton Vettel also set his fastest time on the supersofts. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth on the slowest soft tyre.
Williams Felipe Massa had a huge impact after losing control of his car slamming into the barrier after losing the rear into turn two spinning and breaking off his rear on the wall. This brought out the red flag. Massa walled away with the team saying the issue came from his DRS.
As ever the Wall Of Champions caught a few out with Vettel brushing it while Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen and Alonso all cut the final chicane when they misjudged their braking points.
Verstappen faces a trip to the stewards after appearing to hold up Valtteri Bottas into the final corner while on a warm-up lap.
There were a few drivers having mistakes with Hamilton, Rosberg, Verstappen and Alonso all cut the final chicane when they misjudged their braking points.
Some had other frustrations, with Hamilton and Williams’s Valtteri Bottas holding up Verstappen and Alonso as they prepared for their runs while the other two were already on their fast lap.
Riccardo looked strong in the cool conditions on his flying laps but the Red Bull driver didn’t put in a representative lap on circuit. This meant he couldn’t improve his time as his team-mate did and ended up only 11th fastest.
McLaren who have been given a new turbo from Honda for this weekend had a frustrating morning with Jenson Button only completing a handful of laps after his car overheated with smoke billowing out of his MP4-31 at one stage. Team-mate Fernando Alonso was tenth.