Start/finish line, new pit building and podium of Gilles Villeneuve circuit

Event: Canadian Grand Prix
Track: Gilles Villeneuve Circuit

Weather: 18,1-22.6°C sunny & dry
Tarmac: 28,5-40°C dry
Humidity: 49.7-41%
Wind: 0.6 m//s
Pressure: 1.011.8 bar

Both Mercedes drivers showed a very good pace again in the first practice session for the 2019 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix.

In the first half hour of the first free practice session Valtteri Bottas  (Mercedes W10) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing RB15) topped the timesheet.

On fourth place we saw Sergio Pérez with the Racing Point RP19. Both Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc still had to get up to speed and covered P8 and P10.

Pierre Gasly was very slow until half way the session. He couldn't get his lap together and was only 16th fattest. He was almost 2 seconds slower than his Red Bull teammate Verstappen. At the end of the session he still was almost 1 second slower.

With 30 minutes to go Antonio Giovinazzi caused a VSC period when he spun in turn 9 and hit the wall of turn 9 backwards. The collision was to much for his left rear suspension. His Alfa Romeo had to be recovered by the marshal's and his first free practice for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix was over.

At the end of the session Valtteri Bottas had an engine problem. He seemed to have a fuel pressure problem. He drove slowly to back to the pits to get it fixed, but didn't got out anymore.

The first outing of both Mercedes drivers with their new engines looked very promising for the team that leads the championship with 118 point. In this FP1 they were almost 1 sec. faster than the complete grid. That could be very demotivating for the other drivers and teams.

The quickest lap time of last years FP1 was set by Max Verstappen in the Red Bull, He drove a 1:13.302.

FP1 Lap Times 2019 Canadian GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time1st GapLapsTyres
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:12.76731Soft
277Valtteri BottasMercedes1:12.914+0.147s25Soft
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:13.720+0.953s24Medium
433Max VerstappenRed Bull1:13.755+0.988s26Medium
55Sebastian VettelFerrari1:13.905+1.138s28Medium
67Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo1:13.945+1.178s30Soft
755Carlos Sainz Jr.McLaren1:13.973+1.206s34Medium
83Daniel RicciardoRenault1:14.123+1.356s31Medium
911Sergio PérezRacing Point1:14.172+1.405s31Soft
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas1:14.202+1.435s32Soft
114Lando NorrisMcLaren1:14.246+1.479s33Medium
1227Nico HülkenbergRenault1:14.474+1.707s30Medium
1310Pierre GaslyRed Bull1:14.570+1.803s27Medium
1499Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo1:14.582+1.815s17Medium
158Romain GrosjeanHaas1:14.645+1.878s31Soft
1623Alexander AlbonToro Rosso1:14.703+1.936s36Soft
1718Lance StrollRacing Point1:14.812+2.045s32Soft
1826Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:15.343+2.576s32Soft
1963George RussellWilliams1:15.989+3.222s29Medium
2040Nicolas LatifiWilliams1:16.199+3.432s33Soft


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