Hamilton starts Canada GP weekend fastest in Practice 1

by James Eagles
Lewis Hamilton - Formula 1 - 2019 Canadian GP

Lewis Hamilton set the pace in Friday’s Free Practice 1 session for Formula 1‘s Canadian Grand Prix, followed by his Mercedes AMG Motorsport team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton’s time of a 1:12.767 on medium tyres was nearly two-tenths of a second quicker than Bottas on softs, while Scuderia Ferrari‘s Charles Leclerc rounded out the top three 0.9 seconds behind Hamilton.

The Mercedes duo were in control of the whole session, Hamilton and Bottas setting identical times on their first fast run with a 1:13.495.

Bottas soon unsettled that equilibrium by going two-tenths faster on his next lap, swiftly followed and eclipsed by Hamilton, as the dusty Circuit de Gilles-Villenueve track started to clear up.

The dirty tarmac caused plenty of problems for all the drivers – particularly at Turns 8 and 9, Williams Racing reserve Nicholas Latifi, Red Bull Racing‘s Max Verstappen and Antonio Giovinazzi all struggling on corner exit.

While Latifi quantity of errors exceeded everyone else, the severity of Giovinazzi’s put a premature end to his morning.

The Alfa Romeo Racing driver ventured off-line in the middle of Turn 8 and bounced over the high yellow kerb on the inside of 9, spinning the right rear corner of his car into the wall and triggering a Virtual Safety Car period with around two-thirds of the hour-and-a-half session gone.

Sebastian Vettel also suffered a few hundred metres beyond Turn 9 at the Turn 10 hairpin, spinning after locking up his Ferrari under braking.

Harder tyre runs threatened to bring the session to a quiet close, but Bottas was forced to crawl back to the pits in the final few moments with a fuel pressure problem; it put a dampener on an otherwise flawless morning for Mercedes and its new power unit.

Verstappen and Vettel perched just outside the top three, the latter outside of Hamilton’s time by over a second in a tricky session.

Kimi Räikkönen showed great promise for Alfa Romeo in sixth, just 0.040s behind the second Ferrari and ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. in seventh for the McLaren F1 Team.

2014 Canadian GP winner Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest Renault F1 Team car in eighth edging a close fight at the rear of the top 10 with Sergio Pérez and Kevin Magnussen for the Racing Point F1 Team and the Haas F1 Team respectively.

144Lewis HamiltonGBRMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:12.767-
277Valtteri BottasFINMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:12.914+0.147
316Charles LeclercMONScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:13.720+0.953
433Max VerstappenNEDAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:13.755+0.988
55Sebastian VettelGERScuderia Ferrari Mission Winnow1:13.905+1.138
67Kimi RäikkönenFINAlfa Romeo Racing1:13.945+1.178
755Carlos Sainz Jr.ESPMcLaren F1 Team1:13.973+1.206
83Daniel RicciardoAUSRenault F1 Team1:14.123+1.356
911Sergio PérezMEXSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:14.172+1.405
1020Kevin MagnussenDENRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:14.202+1.435
114Lando NorrisGBRMcLaren F1 Team1:14.246+1.479
1227Nico HülkenbergGERRenault F1 Team1:14.474+1.707
1310Pierre GaslyFRAAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:14.570+1.803
1499Antonio GiovinazziITAAlfa Romeo Racing1:14.582+1.815
158Romain GrosjeanFRARich Energy Haas F1 Team1:14.645+1.878
1623Alexander AlbonTHARed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:14.703+1.936
1718Lance StrollCANSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:14.812+2.045
1826Daniil KvyatRUSRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:15.343+2.576
1963George RussellGBRROKiT Williams Racing1:15.989+3.222
2040Nicholas LatifiCANROKiT Williams Racing1:16.199+3.432

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