FP1: Mercedes set early pace at Canada

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Powered by a brand new Mercedes power unit, Lewis Hamilton set the early pace at Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve. With team mate Bottas second fastest, it ended up another comfortable session for Mercedes.

On this power sensitive circuit, Mercedes opted to introduce their second specification power unit of the season, introducing it simultaneously for all its teams, thus including Racing Point and Williams.

The power units appeared to work well, with Hamilton’s pace setting lap nearly a full second faster than third placed Charles Leclerc for Ferrari. Behind him, competition was close, with Verstappen, Vettel, Raikkonen and Sainz all within a tenth or two.

Daniel Ricciardo enjoyed a positive start to the weekend for Renault as well, followed by Sergio Perez and Keving Magnussen who completed the top 10.

With the track in a particularly slippery condition, many drivers found themselves out of grip, with several spinning off. Sebastian Vettel for instance spun at the hairpin and Romain Grosjean at Turn 6.

It was all without damage until Antonio Giovinazzi misjudged his approach to Turn 8, and ended up bumping a rear wheel in to the barriers. The incident threws debris on track, caused a puncture and possibly also damage to the car’s suspension.

Still, one Virtual Safety Car period later, the track was cleared, and no further major hiccups occurred before the session came to an end.

Running continues later today in another 90 minutes of running in second practice.

Results

Pos. No. Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG 1:12.767 31
2 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes AMG 1:12.914 +0.147s 25
3 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:13.720 +0.953s 24
4 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing Honda 1:13.755 +0.988s 26
5 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.905 +1.138s 28
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:13.945 +1.178s 30
7 55 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault 1:13.973 +1.206s 34
8 3 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:14.123 +1.356s 31
9 11 Sergio Perez Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:14.172 +1.405s 31
10 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:14.202 +1.435s 32
11 4 Lando Norris McLaren Renault 1:14.246 +1.479s 33
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:14.474 +1.707s 30
13 10 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing Honda 1:14.570 +1.803s 27
14 99 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 1:14.582 +1.815s 17
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:14.645 +1.878s 31
16 23 Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:14.703 +1.936s 36
17 18 Lance Stroll Racing Point BWT Mercedes 1:14.812 +2.045s 32
18 26 Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:15.343 +2.576s 32
19 63 George Russell Williams Mercedes 1:15.989 +3.222s 29
20 40 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes 1:16.199 +3.432s 33

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