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MONTREAL, Canada, Jun 9 – Lewis Hamilton bounced back to top the times for Mercedes ahead of championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari in Friday’s opening practice because of of which weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The three-time champion Briton, who can be 25 points adrift of Vettel within the title race after a desultory Monaco Grand Prix won by the German, clocked a best lap in one minute in addition to also 13.809 seconds to wind up 0.198 seconds clear of his rival.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest ahead of his Finnish compatriot Kimi Raikkonen within the second Ferrari, Sergio Perez of Force India in addition to also his team-mate Frenchman Esteban Ocon.
Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was seventh for Red Bull ahead of Felipe Massa of Williams, Australian Daniel Ricciardo within the second Red Bull in addition to also Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso.
On a cool in addition to also dry morning at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Mercedes were relieved to demonstrate they are back in contention after suffering tyre performance problems in Monte Carlo where Ferrari reeled off a dominant one-two.
The session was littered with minor incidents as most of the field suffered spins in addition to also two were forced to withdraw by the fray – Carlos Sainz pulling up with smoke billowing by his Toro Rosso after only one lap in addition to also two-time champion Fernando Alonso abandoning his McLaren-Honda with gearbox problems.
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Hamilton on top in opening Montreal practice