Canadian GP: Lando Norris overtakes Carlos Sainz in the first practice sessions after a large hailstorm in Montreal | F1 News

Lando Norris was fastest behind Carlos Sainz after a large hailstorm caused limited racing in the first free practice of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

In the last six minutes of the session, the drivers switched to dry tires as the track dried quickly during practice, so most drivers recorded their best lap at the end of practice.

Norris was 0.328 seconds faster than Carlos Sainz, with Monaco race winner Charles Leclerc third half a second behind.

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The Gilles Villeneuve circuit is bombarded by hail before Friday’s practice at the Canadian GP.

Lewis Hamilton, who won his first F1 race in Montreal 17 years ago, had a new power unit in his car and placed fourth behind championship leader Max Verstappen, who was one of several drivers to make it through the wet and muddy grass. on turns eight and nine.

Verstappen heads into the weekend with Ferrari and McLaren expected to seriously challenge Red Bull, who could once again be on the defensive due to their apparent weakness on curbs.

Sauber’s Zhou Guanyu hit the wall in turn five and damaged his suspension, forcing him to stop and causing a brief red flag midway through the first practice.

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Max Verstappen joins several drivers who go off the road during a wet P1 at the Canadian GP.

The session was effectively red flagged for the first 21 minutes of the session as the pit lane was closed, so that the marshals could clear standing water.

Alpine’s Jack Doohan drove Esteban Ocon’s car in first practice, but did not complete a fast lap as the team opted to save mileage on the car and tires.

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Sky Sports’ Martin Brundle believes Esteban Ocon will head to Haas following his departure from Alpine at the end of the season.

Doohan is a candidate to take Ocon’s place by 2025 after the Frenchman confirmed earlier this week that he will leave Alpine at the end of this year.

More wet weather is forecast for the remainder of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, so there could be plenty of incident and excitement in Saturday’s qualifying and Sunday’s race.

Canadian GP Practice One Time Sheet

Driver Equipment Time
1) Lando Norris McLaren 1:24,435
2) Carlos Sainz ferrari +0.328
3) Carlos Leclerc ferrari +0.871
4) Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +1,535
5) Max Verstappen Red Bull +2,067
6) Oscar Piastri McLaren +2,319
7) Pierre Gasly Alpine +3,149
8) Valtteri Bottas Sauber +3,235
9) Sergio Pérez Red Bull +3,623
10) George Russell Mercedes +4,106
11) Daniel Ricciardo R.B. +4,147
12) Yuki Tsunoda R.B. +4,288
13) Kevin Magnussen haas +4,617
14) Nico Hulkenberg haas +8,391
15)Fernando Alonso Aston Martin +8,976
16) Logan Sergeant williams +12,151
17) Spear Walk Aston Martin +16,095
18) Zhou Guanyu Sauber There is no time
19) Jack Doohan Alpine There is no time
20) Alex Albon williams There is no time

Canadian GP schedule live from Sky Sports F1

Friday June 7
8:00 p.m.: The F1 show
9:45 p.m.: practice two of the Canadian GP (the session starts at 10pm)

Saturday June 8
17.15: Third practice of the Canadian GP (the session starts at 5:30 p.m.)
8:00 p.m.: preparation for the Canadian GP classification
9:00 p.m.: Canadian GP Classification
11:00 p.m.: Ted’s classification notebook

Sunday June 9
5:30 p.m.: Sunday Grand Prix: preparation for the Canadian GP
7:00 p.m.: THE CANADA GRAND PRIX
9:00 p.m.: Checkered flag – Reaction to the Canadian GP
10:00 p.m.: Ted’s Notebook

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