Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets in both practice sessions in the first outing of this years Canadian Grand Prix.
The Mercedes driver set the pace in the morning session and was two tenths of a second clear of team mate Nico Rosberg. Ferrari’s Sebastien Vettel was third quickest, with he order reversed in the second session between Rosberg and Vettel in almost identical circumstances.
This happened when the drivers made the switch to the Ultra Soft compound, when Hamilton set the quickest time of a 1m14.212s. Rosberg could only manage a 1m14.738s, which was good enough for second quickest initially before Vettel went three tenths quicker on his lap.
Red Bull, who come here with a new engine upgrade, managed fourth and fifth fastest with Verstappen ahead of Ricciardo. They were split by a second to Mercedes on each compound and showed speeds that were just 3mph off Mercedes in the speed trap, peaking at 201mph when they made the switch to the Ultra Soft in the second practice session.
The only major drama of the day came from Felipe Massa who shunted in the first half hour of the morning practice session. The Williams driver lost control after the DRS failed to close when he braked for Turn 1, sending him into the wall and damaging the rear of his car – notably one of his practice gearboxes.
Other dramas were also happening down at McLaren for Jenson Button, who in the latter stages of practice one suffered an oil leak which led to an engine change between the two sessions. He got out in the final hour of practice two, setting a quickest time of 1m15.213s (identical to Bottas’ time) which put him seventh fastest.
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