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Canadian GP: Max quickest in first Friday practice session

Published on 17 June 2022 by Stefan Meens

Max Verstappen clocked the fastest lap of the opening practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver lapped the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve quickest ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso’s Alpine.

At the start of the session, Max is one of the first drivers to steer his car onto the circuit. He does so on a set of medium Pirellis. The reigning champ hits the ground running by going fastest on his first run, usurping Valtteri Bottas who topped the leader boards after his first effort. The Alfa Romeo driver retaliates by going quicker than Max on his second run, but the Dutchman betters the Finn’s time on his subsequent attempt.

Max continues to be at the front until the halfway mark of the session when more and more drivers switch to the soft tyres. When Max steers his RB18 out of the garage with the red side-walled Pirellis, it does not take long for him to return to team after noticing some issues with the car’s suspension.

Once the Red Bull mechanics and engineers have finished solving the problems on Max’ car, he finds himself in P4 on the timing sheets with the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, as well as teammate Sergio Perez, in front of him. However, on his first flying laps on the softs, the world champions sets the quickest lap of the session and retakes top spot for the remainder of FP1.

In the final quarter of the session, lap times are not bettered as most teams have shifted their attention to long runs, meaning Max is the pace-setter ahead of Sainz and Alonso.

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Results first free practice Canada:

1Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:15.158 26
2Carlos SainzSAIFerrari1:15.404+0.246s33
3Fernando AlonsoALOAlpine Renault1:15.531+0.373s30
4Sergio PerezPERRed Bull Racing RBPT1:15.619+0.461s31
5Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:15.666+0.508s29
6George RussellRUSMercedes1:15.822+0.664s28
7Lance StrollSTRAston Martin Mercedes1:15.877+0.719s31
8Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:15.877+0.719s26
9Sebastian VettelVETAston Martin Mercedes1:16.041+0.883s32
10Daniel RicciardoRICMcLaren Mercedes1:16.083+0.925s28
11Pierre GaslyGASAlphaTauri RBPT1:16.165+1.007s28
12Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Mercedes1:16.211+1.053s17
13Alexander AlbonALBWilliams Mercedes1:16.308+1.150s28
14Yuki TsunodaTSUAlphaTauri RBPT1:16.322+1.164s32
15Esteban OconOCOAlpine Renault1:16.421+1.263s25
16Valtteri BottasBOTAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:16.426+1.268s27
17Zhou GuanyuZHOAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:17.152+1.994s29
18Mick SchumacherMSCHaas Ferrari1:17.223+2.065s24
19Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:17.241+2.083s32
20Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:17.555+2.397s30