Hamilton quickest as crash ends practice early

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton emerged as the pacesetter for the Canadian Grand Prix before a late crash ended Friday practice prematurely.

The Mercedes driver topped both 90 minute sessions at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve with his best time arriving in Practice 2, following a run on the super-soft tyres.

Hamilton clocked a 1:15.988s effort which proved to be 0.316s quicker than Sebastian Vettel in the upgraded Ferrari.

The German had set the initial pace having been one of the first to switch to super-soft tyres.

However, the Hamilton’s day came to a sudden halt when he was caught out by a heavy rain shower with 50 minutes of the second session remaining.

Mercedes elected to send the world champion and his team-mate Nico Rosberg out in the worsening conditions, which resulted in Hamilton aquaplaning into the barriers at the hairpin, damaging the front of his car.

“Looking at the replays, I wasn’t going that fast,” said Hamilton.

“But it was like sheet ice into Turn 10 so the car aquaplaned and I went off.

“It maybe wasn’t the right call to go out but, with the weather as it eventually turned out, it didn’t affect our running.

“I’m fine and it looks like it’s just the front wing that was damaged to it’s not the end of the world.”

Practice did resume after the accident but the treacherous track conditions prevented any running.

Kimi Raikkonen confirmed Ferrari’s pace with the Finn third fastest ahead of Mercedes’ Rosberg, who was almost half a second adrift of his team-mate.

Lotus impressed throughout practice with Pastor Maldonado finishing the day in fifth spot, while Romain Grosjean was seventh.

Williams showed signs they will be fighting towards the sharp end following their blip in Monaco, with Valtteri Bottas sixth and Felipe Massa eighth fastest.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing completed the top 10 as Daniil Kvyat pipped last year’s Canadian Grand Prix winner Daniel Ricciardo.

The first run for McLaren’s updated Honda engine saw Fernando Alonso set a time good enough for 15th while Jenson Button ended practice in 18th position.

Result: Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Practice 2, Montreal

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.988s 22
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.304s +0.316s 19
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.310s +0.322s 20
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.440s +0.452s 22
5 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:16.600s +0.612s 15
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:16.849s +0.861s 18
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1:16.864s +0.876s 15
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:17.041s +1.053s 19
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:17.092s +1.104s 10
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:17.111s +1.123s 16
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:17.120s +1.132s 15
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:17.261s +1.273s 17
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:17.318s +1.330s 23
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:17.367s +1.379s 20
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:17.627s +1.639s 21
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:17.657s +1.669s 23
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:17.751s +1.763s 21
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:18.135s +2.147s 20
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:19.531s 3.543s 15
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:19.734s +3.746s 13

Result: Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Practice 1, Montreal

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.212s 34
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.627s +0.415s 38
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1:17.721s +1.509s 35
4 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1:17.871s +1.659s 34
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:17.905s +1.693s 25
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1:17.985s +1.773s 28
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1:18.021s +1.809s 30
8 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1:18.026s +1.814s 41
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:18.128s +1.916s 34
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1:18.257s +2.045s 24
11 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1:18.325s +2.113s 40
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:18.439s +2.227s 26
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1:18.503s +2.291s 28
14 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1:18.775s +2.563s 24
15 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:18.786s +2.574s 25
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1:18.948s +2.736s 30
17 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1:19.065s +2.853s 23
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1:19.165s +2.953s 32
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1:20.616s +4.404s 33
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1:20.624s 4.412s 27

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