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June.10 – Three times red flag showed the practice session in Canada on Friday, with Sebastian Vettel crashing in morning session earlier than event for Kamui Kobayashi and Jérôme d’Ambrosio resulted in stoppages during the afternoon. All three moments came in the form of frustration for McLaren drivers Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

“In P2, I think some debris from one of the incidents must have caused my puncture because I’d only just left the pits when I suddenly felt the rear sliding about,” Hamilton began, having won the Montreal race in 2007 and 2010. It’s surprising to see so many incidents here, but it’s such a demanding and slippery circuit that I guess some people just got caught out today. There’s no room for mistakes around a place like this and, unfortunately, some people paid the price today – but they’ll bounce back tomorrow.”

“It’s very difficult to make effective setup changes when there are so many red flag stoppages,” added Button, who ended the day fifth and just 12 thousandths of a second slower than his team-mate. “It’s a very tough circuit here – one hit of a kerb in the wrong way can send you into the wall. The Red Bulls are quick – so are the Ferraris, the Mercedes and ourselves. I think it’ll be a little bit closer than it’s been in the past few races.”


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