Canada, FP1: Hamilton heads Mercedes 1-2 in first practice
A fuel pressure problem for Bottas
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|