Hamilton and Raikkonen fastest in Friday sessions

By on Friday, June 9, 2017

The seventh round of the 2017 Formula One World Championship began with two practice sessions on Friday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, as teams prepared for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Two 90-minute sessions – FP1 and FP2 – were primarily spent building grip into the semi-street circuit. With the infrequent use of the roads on which the track is based, the asphalt proved to be very green and it made traction hard to come by.

Leading the way in FP1 was Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, whose fast lap of 1:13.809 was .198 of a second better than the next quickest driver, Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.

As the track rubbered in, speeds picked up and lap times dropped in FP2. Atop FP2 was Kimi Räikkönen with a quick time of 1:12.935. His fast lap was .215 of a second better than runner-up Hamilton, but still .123 of a second off Hamilton’s pole-winning mark for last year’s Canadian Grand Prix and .660 of a second off the all-time fastest lap at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – a 1:12.275 set by Ralf Schumacher in his Williams during qualifying for the 2004 Canadian Grand Prix.

First practice session results:

1.   L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:13.809    
2.   S. Vettel Ferrari 01:14.007    
3.   V. Bottas Mercedes 01:14.046    
4.   K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:14.230    
5.   S. Pérez Force India 01:14.578    
6.   E. Ocon Force India       01:14.785          
7.   M. Verstappen         Red Bull 01:14.861    
8.   F. Massa Williams 01:15.106    
9.   D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:15.441    
10.   D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:15.658    
11.   S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:15.943    
12.   K. Magnussen Haas 01:16.233    
13.   L. Stroll Williams 01:16.313    
14.   R. Grosjean Haas 01:16.345    
15.   N. Hulkenberg Renault 01:16.473    
16.   F. Alonso McLaren 01:16.521    
17.   M. Ericsson Sauber 01:16.805    
18.   J. Palmer Renault 01:17.004    
19.   P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:17.606    
20.   C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso no time

Second practice session results:

1.   K. Raikkonen  Ferrari 01:12.935    
2.   L. Hamilton Mercedes 01:13.150    
3.   S. Vettel Ferrari 01:13.200    
4.   V. Bottas Mercedes 01:13.310    
5.   M. Verstappen .       Red Bull 01:13.388    
6.   F. Massa Williams 01:14.063    
7.   F. Alonso McLaren 01:14.245    
8.   E. Ocon Force India 01:14.299    
9.   D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:14.461    
10.   S. Pérez Force India       01:14.501    
11.   R. Grosjean Haas 01:14.566    
12.   N. Hulkenberg      Renault 01:14.604    
13.   C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:14.621    
14.   K. Magnussen Haas 01:14.676    
15.   D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:15.072    
16.   J. Palmer Renault 01:15.127    
17.   L. Stroll Williams 01:15.240    
18.   M. Ericsson Sauber 01:15.611    
19.   S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:15.624    
20.   P. Wehrlein Sauber 01:16.308  

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