Canadian GP: Hamilton tops first practice as Massa shunts

Lewis Hamilton kept up the momentum of his Monaco win by leading the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, which was disrupted when Felipe Massa crashed his Williams heavily at Turn 1.

Canadian GP: Hamilton tops first practice as Massa shunts

Hamilton, a four-time winner around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, followed up his Monaco victory with the fastest lap of 1m14.755s.

He outpaced teammate Nico Rosberg by 0.331s, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third using the new turbo upgrade.

Max Verstappen was fourth quickest for Red Bull, ahead of the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen. Monaco star Daniel Ricciardo was a lacklustre 11th

Story of the session

Under partly cloudy skies, following unseasonably cold temperatures during the week, this was a crucial session as teams trialled their low-downforce packages.

On a ‘green’ track, Ricciardo set the first meaningful lap time on the soft tyre, a 1m18.430s. He was using the new, shorter nosecone on his Red Bull.

Massa topped that on supersofts on 1m17.065s, which was beaten by Raikkonen on 1m16.138s, seven tenths ahead of Verstappen and Vettel – who set their times just before the red flag.

The session was disrupted by Massa, who shunted heavily at Turn 1, ending up where he did when he clashed with Sergio Perez in 2014.

“I think I had a problem, when I cancelled the DRS and pressed the brake, the rear locked completely,” he reported. The rear-end of his Williams sustained heavy damage as a result, and could require a gearbox change.

Williams admitted that the DRS did not close properly, which caused the accident.

At the restart, Rosberg went to the top of the times with 1m15.746s on ultrasoft tyres, while Hamilton straightlined the final chicane on his first flyer on supersofts.

Hamilton then dipped into the 1m14s on 1m14.980s.

Rosberg earlier used the spoon rear wing on his very first run, part of its low-downforce package it is evaluating for use – and Mercedes plans to use the wing next time out in Baku. He switched to the regular version for the rest of the session.

Verstappen split the Mercedes at this point on 1m15.553s on soft tyres, as Rosberg improved to 1m15.557s on ultrasofts, and then 1m15.086s to retake second.

Williams’s Valtteri Bottas complained of Verstappen causing him to straightline the final chicane. “Come on, did you see that?” he moaned.

The same thing happened later as Hamilton was baulked by Alonso: “Pretty dangerous of Fernando there,” he alleged. On his next attempt, Hamilton locked up and ran over the grass at Turn 4.

Vettel went third on supersofts on 1m15.243s, just under half a second off Hamilton’s best time, pushing Verstappen back to fourth.

Raikkonen was fifth, ahead of Bottas.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest, ahead of Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez (Force India).

Alonso was 10th, almost two seconds off the pace. Ricciardo was a lowly 11th, after binning his first flyer on softs after straightlining the chicane.

At McLaren, Alonso suffered a hydraulic leak early on, while Button was out of his car with 25m to go due to an oil leak. He rejoined with six minutes remaining in a dramatic cloud of smoke, but toured around.

“It’s like we’re stuck in a temperature limiter,” he reported.

Renault’s Kevin Magnussen was first of many to straightline the last chicane, and did likewise at Turns 8 and 9 too. His session ended early due to a technical issue too.

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1 United KingdomLewis Hamilton  GermanyMercedes 1:14.755   22
2 GermanyNico Rosberg  GermanyMercedes 1:15.086 +0.331 30
3 GermanySebastian Vettel  ItalyFerrari 1:15.243 +0.488 22
4 NetherlandsMax Verstappen  AustriaRed Bull Racing 1:15.553 +0.798 29
5 FinlandKimi Raikkonen  ItalyFerrari 1:15.618 +0.863 23
6 FinlandValtteri Bottas  United KingdomWilliams 1:16.301 +1.546 30
7 GermanyNico Hulkenberg  IndiaForce India 1:16.464 +1.709 24
8 SpainCarlos Sainz Jr.  ItalyToro Rosso 1:16.543 +1.788 21
9 MexicoSergio Perez  IndiaForce India 1:16.577 +1.822 25
10 SpainFernando Alonso  United KingdomMcLaren 1:16.663 +1.908 18
11 AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo  AustriaRed Bull Racing 1:16.734 +1.979 28
12 United KingdomJenson Button  United KingdomMcLaren 1:16.788 +2.033 8
13 FranceRomain Grosjean  United StatesHaas F1 Team 1:17.008 +2.253 22
14 BrazilFelipe Massa  United KingdomWilliams 1:17.065 +2.310 7
15 RussiaDaniil Kvyat  ItalyToro Rosso 1:17.310 +2.555 24
16 MexicoEsteban Gutierrez  United StatesHaas F1 Team 1:17.319 +2.564 24
17 BrazilFelipe Nasr  SwitzerlandSauber 1:17.855 +3.100 21
18 IndonesiaRio Haryanto  United KingdomManor Racing 1:18.103 +3.348 21
19 SwedenMarcus Ericsson  SwitzerlandSauber 1:18.129 +3.374 8
20 DenmarkKevin Magnussen  FranceRenault F1 Team 1:18.409 +3.654 13
21 GermanyPascal Wehrlein  United KingdomManor Racing 1:18.453 +3.698 30
22 United KingdomJolyon Palmer  FranceRenault F1 Team 1:18.583 +3.828 28

 

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