Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton was the fastest overall on the opening day of practice ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Hamilton completed 55 laps in total with his fastest lap of 01:14.212s.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the second fastest time of the day with a time of 01:14.469s completing 45 laps and ending the session just ahead of championship leader Nico Rosberg.
Red Bull Racing showed great progress with Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo finishing the day in fourth and fifth place respectively. Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest for Williams Martini Racing ending the session just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen had a tough day and was unhappy with the handling of his car ending the day in eighth place.
Sahara Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was ninth fastest while Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten. Fernando Alonso was 11th fastest just ahead of Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez. Felipe Massa recovered from a crash in Free Practice 1 which brought out the red flag finishing the afternoon session in 13th place.
Daniil Kvyat was 14th fastest for Toro Rosso just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean while Kevin Magnussen was 16th place for the Renault Sport F1 Team.
Felipe Nasr was 17th fastest for Sauber F1 Team just ahead of Esteban Gutierrez and Marcus Ericsson. Jolyon Palmer was 19th fastest ahead of the Manor Racing duo of Pascal Wehrlein and Rio Haryanto rounding out the timesheets.