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Max Verstappen fastest during Canadian GP practice session, Charles Leclerc at a good distance

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Canada is back on the F1 calendar for the first time since 2019, after a two-year absence due to the coronavirus pandemic. Yesterday a storm hit the track, but fortunately the many fans and drivers who were there were treated to much better weather conditions during the first practice session. Nicholas Latifi finally got his ‘home race’ during his third season in Formula 1.

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Just before halfway through the session we saw Esteban Ocon smoking his Alpine F1 car in the front right. The Frenchman went to the pits, luckily for him the damage was limited.

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Apparently a paper towel was the cause of his smoking front right brake. The air scoop was covered causing his brakes to overheat.

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Moments later, it was teammate and two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso who took the spotlight. Alonso almost added his name to the victims of the famed ‘Wall of Champions’. He narrowly avoided a serious crash.

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At the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, everything revolves around trying to make the best use of the curbstones and sometimes you have to go wide. Yuki Tsunoda did that a little too wide and hit another wall on the track. Fortunately also for him without too serious consequences.

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Even after a few years of absence, the numerous woodchucks present on the Ile de Notre Dame also wanted to be in the spotlight again. They are caught en masse in the run-up to the race weekend to avoid problems, but they show up on the track every race weekend.

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Ultimately, however, it is all about who sets the fastest time and that was Max Verstappen. Carlos Sainz followed in the Ferrari about two tenths away while Fernando Alonso set a surprisingly strong third time.

1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:15.158s 26

2 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 1:15.404s + 0.246s 33

3 Fernando Alonso Alpine 1:15.531s + 0.373s 30

4 Sergio Pérez Red Bull 1:15.619s + 0.461s 31

5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:15.666s + 0.508s 29

6 George Russell Mercedes 1:15.822s + 0.664s 28

7 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1:15.877s + 0.719s 31

8 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.877s + 0.719s 26

9 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 1:16.041s + 0.883s 32

10 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 1:16.083s + 0.925s 28

11 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 1:16.165s + 1.007s 28

12 Lando Norris McLaren 1:16.211s + 1.053s 17

13 Alexander Albon Williams 1:16.308s + 1.150s 28

14 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1: 16.322s + 1.164s 32

15 Esteban Ocon Alpine 1:16.421s + 1.263s 25

16 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo 1:16.426s + 1.268s 27

17 Zhou Guanyu Alfa Romeo 1:17.152s + 1.994s 29

18 Mick Schumacher Haas 1:17.223s + 2.065s 24

19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 1:17.241s + 2.083s 32

20 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1:17.555s + 2.397s 30

More F1 news:Strong criticism of Lewis Hamilton: “He is the big ‘loser’ this F1 season”Severe storm ravaged the F1 circuit in Canada: F1 paddock almost floodedMercedes: Lewis Hamilton suffered paralysis in his F1 carFerrari Motor Charles Leclerc damaged beyond repair: “Grid penalty on the way”Max Verstappen had almost given up world title this season: “I thought it was lost”

(F1journaal.be)

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