MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 08: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 8, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Max Verstappen set the fastest time during the First Free Practice (FP1) session of the Canadian Grand Prix.  The Red Bull Racing driver led Lewis Hamilton, and his fellow Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo at the top of the timesheets.

Canadian GP – Free Practice 1 Results

Williams Sergey Sirotkin set the first timed lap. Whilst Red Bull drivers, Ricciardo and Verstappen, were the first of the “big boys” to hit the track.

With a track temperature of 31°C, the Canadian Grand Prix weekend got off to a dry start. The hypersoft tires were the tyre of choice in the early stages of the practice, along with the ultra and supersoft Pirelli tires.

Renault runs into trouble

Nico Hulkenberg‘s Renault stopped on track after a gearbox issue. With an hour left in the session, the Virtual Safety Car was deployed briefly, until the session was red-flagged. The German couldn’t set an official lap time.

The hypersoft tyres were fast over one lap. Fernando Alonso managed to be briefly fastest in his McLaren-Renault until the drivers of the top 3 teams leap-frogged him.

Verstappen had his first flying lap with less than 40 minutes to go in the session, but was on top of the time sheets in the next few laps.

Stroll’s homecoming

Williams’ Canadian driver Lance Stroll was the first to hit the infamous “wall of champions”. The young Canadian touched the barriers which caused a right-rear tire puncture and some damage to his car.

Williams’ struggles continued at the end of the session when Sirotkin spun off the track and touch the wall at turn 7.

Scuderia Ferrari performed like it normally does in the Friday sessions. Sebastian Vettel finished the session in fourth place, whilst Kimi Räikkönen ended up sixth.

FP1 Results:

Pos No Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:13.302 26
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:13.390 +0.088s 29
3 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer 1:13.518 +0.216s 24
4 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.574 +0.272s 19
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:13.617 +0.315s 31
6 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:13.727 +0.425s 28
7 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 1:13.900 +0.598s 27
8 55 Carlos Sainz Renault 1:14.116 +0.814s 24
9 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 1:14.311 +1.009s 19
10 10 Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:15.004 +1.702s 31
11 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:15.071 +1.769s 29
12 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:15.119 +1.817s 21
13 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:15.386 +2.084s 30
14 16 Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 1:15.439 +2.137s 30
15 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:15.579 +2.277s 21
16 28 Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 1:15.756 +2.454s 38
17 35 Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 1:15.768 +2.466s 30
18 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:16.259 +2.957s 16
19 34 Nicholas Latifi Force India Mercedes 1:17.145 +3.843s 28
20 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 3

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