Canada, FP1: Hamilton heads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice

A fuel pressure problem for Bottas


By Olivier Ferret

7 June 2019 - 17:37
Canada, FP1: Hamilton heads Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton topped the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, the championship leader setting a best time of 1:12.767, to end the session just 0.147s clear of Mercedes team-mate Bottas.

After a first half hour in which Max Verstappen went quickest on what he branded “an insanely dirty” track, Hamilton and Bottas took to the track and the Finnish driver immediately jumped to the top of the order with a time of 1:14.160. The pair then traded fastest times until Bottas seized control with a lap of 1:13.001, a little over a tenth up on the Briton.

The pair retreated to the pit lane for a brief spell and on the next runs Bottas dipped into the 1m12s bracket on soft compound Pirellis, before Hamilton set the final benchmark of the session with his best lap of 1:12.767. Hamilton’s P1 time was set on the medium compound tyres.

Bottas did not get a chance to respond as he retreated to the garage where Mercedes spent time investigating a fuel pressure problem on his car.

Soon after Hamilton’s best time was set there was a lull when Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi spun at the Turn 8 chicane and clipped the wall. The Italian’s spin resulted in the deployment of the Virtual Safety Car. Giovinazzi ended the session in 14thplace.

The Italian’s team-mate, Kimi Räikkönen, had a good session, however, with the Finn taking sixth place in the session with a best time of 1:13.945, 1.1s behind Hamilton.

Ahead of the Alfa driver, Charles Leclerc got closest to the Mercedes drivers with a time of 1:13.720, almost a full second behind Hamilton. He was a separated from Ferrari team-mate by 0.185s and by the Red Bull Racing car of Max Verstappen, who finished fourth, just three hundredths of a second behind Leclerc. Team-mate Pierre Gasly had a less successful session, with the Frenchman 13thbehind Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg. Neither Ferrari nor Red Bull ran on soft tyres during the 90-minute session.

With Räikkönen sixth behind Vettel, seventh place on the timesheet went to McLaren’s Carlos Sainz, with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo in eighth. Sergio Pérez was ninth for Racing Point, 1.4s off Hamilton’s pace, while team-mate Lance Stroll finished in P17. The top 10 order was rounded out Haas’ Kevin Magnussen who was three hundredths of a second behind Pérez.

01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W10 1:12.767 31
02 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W10 1:12.914 25
03 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF90 1:13.720 24
04 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB15 1:13.755 26
05 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF90 1:13.905 28
06 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:13.945 30
07 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL34 1:13.973 34
08 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS19 1:14.123 31
09 Sergio Pérez Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:14.172 31
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:14.202 32
11 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL34 1:14.246 33
12 Nico Hülkenberg Renault RS19 1:14.474 30
13 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Honda RB15 1:14.570 27
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:14.582 17
15 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:14.645 31
16 Alex Albon Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:14.703 36
17 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:14.812 32
18 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:15.343 32
19 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW42 1:15.989 29
20 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW42 1:16.199 33

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