FP1: Verstappen hits back with Montreal P1

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen set the pace in Canada on Friday morning as Nico Hulkenberg brought out the reds and Lance Stroll tagged the Wall.

The drivers took to the temporary track, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, early Friday morning for the start of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

Putting in the laps on the dusty track, which features three DRS zones for the first time this weekend, Fernando Alonso was on top when the session was red flagged for Nico Hulkenberg’s stricken Renault.

The German reported that it “felt like it went out of gear” as he slowed down before stopping on the track. Despite trying various settings, he couldn’t get the car goin and was told to switch off the engine, his session over.

After a 10-minute removal job, the session resumed in a flurry of activity and a P1 for Valtteri Bottas. The Mercedes driver was the first into the 1:14s, followed sharply by Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Alonso returned to the front with a 1:14.064, told by McLaren that it was a “nice” lap. He was, however, using the hypersoft tyres to Mercedes’ ultrasofts.

McLaren’s joy was short-lived as Hamilton broken into the 1:13s with 1:13.967 while Bottas climbed up to second place.

But it was all change again as Max Verstappen went out on the hypersoft tyres. The Dutchman, who didn’t set a time for the first 50 minutes of the session, clocked a 1:13.389 to finish FP1 quickest of all.

Hamilton was second, 0.088s down, while Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest.

Bottas finished the session fourth fastest ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Alonso.

Carlos Sainz was seventh ahead of Vandoorne, Sebastian Vettel and Estben Ocon.

Interestingly Honda’s engine upgrade appeared to work as Brendon Hartley was quickest in the speedtrap with a 328.5kph.

Only one driver hit the Wall of Champions – Lance Stroll. Pushing too hard as he tried to eek out very millionth from his Williams, he tagged the Wall with the rear right.

Sergey Sirotkin spun at Turn 6 and went backwards into the barrier.

Times
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:13.302 26 laps
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0.088s 29 laps
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 0.216s 24 laps
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.272s 19 laps
5 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.315s 31 laps
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 0.425s 28 laps
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren 0.598s 27 laps
8 Carlos Sainz Renault 0.814s 23 laps
9 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren 1.009s 19 laps
10 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso 1.702s 31 laps
11 Esteban Ocon Force India 1.769s 29 laps
12 Romain Grosjean Haas 1.817s 21 laps
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 2.084s 30 laps
14 Charles Leclerc Sauber 2.137s 30 laps
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2.277s 21 laps
16 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso 2.454s 38 laps
17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams 2.466s 30 laps
18 Lance Stroll Williams 2.957s 16 laps
19 Nicholas Latifi Force India 3.843s 28 laps
20 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 3 laps

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