Lewis Hamilton sets the early pace in Canada

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Saturday 9th June, 2012 - 9:06am

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Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s bid to take his first Grand Prix win of the season appears to be on track after the McLaren driver topped both Friday practice sessions in Montreal.

Hamilton recorded a best time of 1:15.56s on the Soft tyres in the opening 90 minutes of running before lowering that benchmark by a further 0.27s in the second session while on the Super Softs.

Fernando Alonso was second fastest in the afternoon, lapping just 0.05s shy of Hamilton despite earlier enduring a wild spin through the Turn 8-9 chicane.

Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel, Paul di Resta, Kamui Kobayashi, Michael Schumacher, Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

The red flags were required once in each session, with Heikki Kovaliainen hitting the Turn 9 exit wall in FP1 and Bruno Senna making contact with the Turn 13 barriers in FP2.

Kovalainen’s Caterham sustained significant damage in his incident, but was repaired in time for the second session.

A final 60 minute practice will take place tomorrow prior to qualifying.

Practice 1

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.564 30
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.682 0.118 29
3 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.782 0.218 30
4 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:15.842 0.278 34
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.897 0.333 28
6 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.986 0.422 29
7 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.000 0.436 31
8 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.249 0.685 32
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:16.264 0.700 28
10 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.347 0.783 12
11 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:16.460 0.896 32
12 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:16.619 1.055 17
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.859 1.295 26
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.890 1.326 36
15 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:17.014 1.450 42
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:17.352 1.788 28
17 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:17.580 2.016 31
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:17.935 2.371 23
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:18.177 2.613 16
20 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:18.182 2.618 26
21 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:18.762 3.198 36
22 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:19.354 3.790 23
23 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.004 4.440 21
24 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.067 4.503 23

Practice 2

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.259 43
2 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:15.313 0.054 36
3 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.410 0.151 39
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.531 0.272 44
5 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.544 0.285 32
6 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.651 0.392 37
7 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:15.697 0.438 32
8 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.799 0.540 39
9 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.812 0.553 14
10 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.878 0.619 40
11 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.898 0.639 38
12 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.907 0.648 41
13 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:15.987 0.728 39
14 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:16.360 1.101 29
15 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:16.562 1.303 33
16 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.981 1.722 24
17 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:17.022 1.763 22
18 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:17.075 1.816 41
19 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:17.124 1.865 41
20 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:17.716 2.457 34
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:18.908 3.649 27
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.084 3.825 40
23 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:19.378 4.119 21
24 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.902 4.643 18

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