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Rosberg top fastest as Vettel crashes in Practice 1

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June.10 – The Mercedes GP’s driver Nico Rosberg top in practices one for Canadian Grand Prix. But one of the top news of the first day of action was Sebastian Vettel’s crash, the Red Bull driver starting his weekend on the back foot after an expensive driving error.

The first practice session had to be red-flagged with around 33 minutes to go when Vettel crashed into the “Wall of Champions” after his car jumped over the kerb at the final corner. The right side of the Red Bull car was heavily damaged and the world champion, who had managed just eight laps before that, was unable to go back to action.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes Michael Schumacher done by 2-3 top fastest respectively. Felipe Massa was fourth fastest, with Jenson Button completing the top five ahead of McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

After the Vettel’s crash the session was restarted, and it was Alonso who returned to the top of the times with a lap of 1m17.102s, relegating his team-mate to second. The Spaniard went even quicker moments later, by a full second, to become the first man to lap in the 1m16s. With 13 minutes to go, Rosberg jumped to first place, outpacing Alonso by over a tenth of a second on his 28th lap of the day. The Mercedes driver stayed on track for several minutes and posted a 1m15.591s with seven minutes remaining.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov was one a few drivers with problems, the Russian not managing to set a time until there were less than 10 minutes of the session left.


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