Mercedes once again headed the times for the first morning of practice for the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix, with Monaco winner Lewis Hamilton ahead of his championship leading teammate Nico Rosberg.
The British driver was three tenths clear of Rosberg, even with him setting his fastest time on the supersoft tyre, with Rosberg setting his time on the faster ultrasoft tyre which will be used in qualifying. Again they were clearly ahead of the rest of the field, on a circuit where they have enjoyed a power advantage over the last couple of seasons.
Ferrari were the best of the rest, with Sebastian Vettel taking third and a tenth down of Rosberg. The most recent challengers to Mercedes, Red Bull, could only manage a best of fourth with Max Verstappen. The Milton Keynes team eight tenths down on Hamilton, even with the engine upgrades.
Kimi Raikkonen was fifth ahead of Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Fernando Alonso scraped inside the top 10.
It was a disappointing start to the weekend for Daniel Ricciardo, ending the session a second and a half slower than Verstappen despite completing 23 laps.
The biggest talking point of the session involved Felipe Massa crashing heavily at the first corner and bringing out the red flag. He said over the radio that he thought there was a problem with the DRS.
It was also a poor session for Renault, both cars at the bottom of the order in 20th and 22nd, over three and a half seconds off the pace.
|4||Max Verstappen||Red Bull-Renault||1:15.553||0.798||29|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.464||1.709||24|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:16.543||1.788||21|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India-Mercedes||1:16.577||1.822||25|
|11||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull-Renault||1:16.734||1.979||28|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||1:17.310||2.555||24|