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Canadian Grand Prix 2016 Qualifying: Results, Times from Friday's F1 Practice

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2016

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 10: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes F1 WO7 Mercedes PU106C Hybrid turbo waves at the crowd on track during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)
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Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time during Friday's first and second practice sessions of Formula One's 2016 Canadian Grand Prix.

The reigning World Champion was over three-tenths of a second faster than team-mate Nico Rosberg and half a second faster than Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel during the opening session, and he was untouchable again in the second, with Vettel going faster than Rosberg.

The rest of the pack sat well behind the top three, although a number of incidents impacted the opening session, and the second saw most drivers prioritise simulations over fast laps.

Here's a look at the practice times and a recap of each session.

FP2 Recap

Here's a look at the final results for the second practice session, via Formula One's official Twitter account:

Formula 1 @F1

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION - END OF #FP2 #CanadianGP 🇨🇦 https://t.co/V2KeIT0XY2

The drivers opted to simulate the qualifying sessions with the soft compound tyres before switching to the ultrasofts after 20 minutes, and once again, Hamilton showed his class.

While team-mate Rosberg set the initial fastest time, the current world champion went over half a second faster on his first lap at full-speed, and he could have gone even faster two laps later, but he missed the final chicane.

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 10: Daniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Red Bull Racing Red Bull-TAG Heuer RB12 TAG Heuer on track during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.  (Ph
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Not everything went perfectly for Hamilton, however. The Brit switched to race simulations at the midway point of the session, but his tyres wore out much quicker than expected, and he lasted just 12 laps before returning to the pits.

Kimi Raikkonen didn't have a good outing on the ultrasofts and spent a large portion of the session in last place, but team-mate Vettel fared better, eventually moving past Rosberg in the standings.

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 10: Kimi Raikkonen of Finland driving the (7) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H Ferrari 059/5 turbo (Shell GP) on track during practice for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 9, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.  (P
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In the background, several drivers came close to hitting the dreaded Wall of Champions, with Jenson Button giving the wall a small kiss and McLaren team-mate Fernando Alonso showing his skills to avoid a collision.

Even the guys at Mercedes were impressed:

Mercedes-AMG F1 @MercedesAMGF1

Take a bow @alo_oficial That was awesome... #Tekkers #Beautiful #CarControl #F1 #CanadianGP #FP2

Formula One's official Twitter account shared this image, showing just how close the Spaniard came to a crash:

Formula 1 @F1

These guys deal in milliseconds and millimetres 😖 @alo_oficial = cool as a cucumber 🕶 #CanadianGP 🇨🇦 #FP2 🇨🇦 https://t.co/E4wYUP93z4

With 20 cars on the track toward the end of the session, most running race simulations, things got a little crowded, and top times were rare. Hamilton overshot the final chicane on two consecutive laps, and Vettel voiced his displeasure with the traffic in multiple occasions.

Romain Grosjean went off the track to bring out the yellow flags in the final minutes of the session, but major damage was avoided.

FP1 Recap

Here are the full results, via BBC Sport:

FP1 Results
PosDriverTeamTime
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:14.755
2Nico RosbergMercedes1:15.086
3Sebastian VettelFerrari1:15.243
4Max VerstappenRed Bull1:15.553
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1:15.618
6Valtteri BottasWilliams1:16.301
7Nico HulkenbergForce India1:16.464
8Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:16.543
9Sergio PerezForce India1:16.577
10Fernando AlonsoMcLaren1:16.663
11Daniel RicciardoRed Bull1:16.734
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren1:16.788
13Romain GrosjeanHaas F11:17.008
14Felipe MassaWilliams1:17.065
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:17.310
16Esteban GutierrezHaas F11:17.319
17Felipe NasrSauber1:17.855
18Rio HaryantoManor1:18.103
19Marcus EricssonSauber1:18.129
20Kevin MagnussenRenault1:18.409
21Pascal WehrleinManor1:18.453
22Jolyon PalmerRenault1:18.583
BBC Sport

The first of Friday's two sessions started at a slow pace, with the majority of the drivers staying inside after their installation lap, and an early crash from Felipe Massa didn't help matters. The Brazilian hit the wall at speed with the rear of his car.

Red flags came out immediately, and Williams' official Twitter account explained what happened:

WILLIAMS RACING @WilliamsRacing

#FP1 DRS didn't fully close causing @MassaFelipe19 to lose the rear wing under braking. Team investigating and working to fix car for #FP2

All in all, it was an eventful session for Williams, as team-mate Valtteri Bottas nearly found himself involved in a crash as well. Red Bull youngster Max Verstappen hit the breaks right on the apex of a chicane, and the Finn had to do the same to avoid a major collision.

Per Channel 4 F1, he had his say about Verstappen's manoeuvre:

Channel 4 F1® @C4F1

Bottas also has to take evasive action to avoid Verstappen. "Dangerous," says voice of @WilliamsRacing. Finding the limits now.

Ferrari sat at the top of the timesheets early, but Hamilton moved into the top spot after his first lap on the supersofts, clocking a time of one minute, 14.980 seconds. Rosberg didn't come anywhere close to that time initially, moving in third place behind Verstappen, who somehow set a faster lap on the soft compound.

But the first practice session was dominated by questionable manoeuvres and near-crashes, more than lap times. Several riders, including Hamilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Alonso, tested just how late they could break into the final chicane, with nearly all of them missing the turn completely on at least one occasion.

Alonso and Hamilton nearly made contact going into the turn as well, prompting this tweet from Mercedes' official Twitter account:

Mercedes-AMG F1 @MercedesAMGF1

Did someone order a cheeky Nando? @LewisHamilton seems to have taken delivery at the final chicane either way.... 🍗😡🍗😡🍗😡🍗😡

Rosberg improved on his slower times to pass Verstappen in the standings, but he kept losing time in the final sector and wasn't able to match his team-mate.

The final 15 minutes of the session passed without major incidents, with most of the drivers opting for longer stints.

The gap between Mercedes and their top rivals Ferrari and Red Bull wasn't as big as those latter teams may have feared, and on the ultrasoft compounds, the two teams may be able to close the gap entirely during the second session. Ferrari finished the session on the supersofts but with the cars weighed down by fuel.

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