Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton bounced back from his Monaco defeat by topping the times during the opening practice session for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton moved to the front early on but spun at the hairpin while attempting to improve on his lap time.
He consequently returned to the circuit and lowered his own benchmark by a few tenths of a second to end the session with a 1:16.212.
Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was 0.415s back in second position and copped a fine for speeding in the pit lane.
Lotus’ Romain Grosjean was a surprise third, albeit 1.5s down on pace setter Hamilton, while Nico Hülkenberg ensured that the top four was locked out by Mercedes-powered cars.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was fifth quickest, ahead of Felipe Massa and Daniil Kvyat.
Pastor Maldonado, Fernando Alonso and Toro Rosso rookie Max Verstappen rounded out the top 10.
Valtteri Bottas was 11th fastest for Williams and suffered a spin at Turn 6, but finished ahead of compatriot Kimi Räikkönen and Force India’s Sergio Pérez.
2014 victor Daniel Ricciardo could manage only 14th position for Red Bull.
Jenson Button suffered from a few early problems but recovered to go 15th fastest, ahead of Felipe Nasr and Carlos Sainz Jr.
The Toro Rosso driver spun on turn-in for the first corner and later had to be recovered from the pit exit when his car stopped.
Marcus Ericsson finished a tenth down on Sainz Jr. in 18th position while Manor Marussia pair Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens completed the runners, with the team-mates separated by eight thousandths of a second.
|4||27||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:17.871||+1.659s||34|
|7||26||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull||1:18.021||+1.809s||30|
|10||33||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso||1:18.257||+2.045s||24|
|13||11||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:18.503||+2.291s||28|
|14||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull||1:18.775||+2.563s||24|
|17||55||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso||1:19.065||+2.853s||23|