Canadian GP

Hamilton fastest as DRS fault causes Massa crash

Hamilton fastest as DRS fault causes Massa crash

Hamilton fastest as DRS fault causes Massa crash

Defending world champion, Lewis Hamilton was the fastest in the first practice session for the Canadian GP on Friday, just ahead of Mercedes teammate his teammate Nico Rosberg.

The Brit completed his best lap, 1:14.755; championship leader Rosberg was .331 seconds slower. Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel made third fastest ahead Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s second speedy Kimi Raikkonen.

The only trouble Hamilton faced was when he was forced to miss the final turn to avoid hitting the McLaren of Fernando Alonso after the Spaniard slowed right down in front of him.

“A bit dangerous from Fernando there,” Hamilton said.

There were problems for Felipe Massa, though, as his Williams smashed into the barrier at Turn One, completely ruining the rear wing.

Williams later confirmed the DRS on Massa’s car did not fully close which meant he lost the rear under braking. The Brazilian was uninjured after completed seven laps in the FW38 and will be hoping to get back out in the next session.

The second Williams’ Valtteri Bottas was sixth fastest with Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg seventh and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz eighth.

Alonso was 10th fastest, behind Force India’s Sergio Perez. McLaren’s Jenson Button was 12th fastest but was forced back into the garage with an engine problem soon after going out for his final run.

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