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Verstappen quickest; Canadians Stroll and Latifi on track in Canada GP practice

Verstappen quickest; Canadians Stroll and Latifi on track in Canada GP practice
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MONTREAL -- Max Verstappen posted the quickest lap Friday in a Canadian Grand Prix practice session that saw two Canadian drivers on the track.

Second-year Williams driver Lance Stroll of Montreal got in only 16 laps due to a puncture and came 18th among the 20 drivers while Force India reserve driver Nicholas Latifi of Toronto was 19th.

Verstappen completed the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 13.302 seconds for Red Bull. Defending champion Lewis Hamilton s Mercedes posted a time of 1:13.390, with Daniel Ricciardo s Red Bull third best in 1:13:518.

Sebastian Vettel s Ferrari was fourth at 1:13.574, Valtteri Bottas was fifth for Mercedes at 1:13:617 and Kimi Raikkonen s Ferrari was sixth at 1:13.727.

Latifi drove in the morning session only and will hand the car back to Sergio Perez of Mexico for the rest of the weekend.

A second practice session is set for Friday afternoon, with another practice plus qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday

Latifi ran 28 laps, with 1:17.145 his best. Like many drivers, he had a brief slip off the track 50 minutes in at a chicane on the back side of the course.

"I had to abort the start, I crossed the chicane," Lafiti told his team over the radio.

Stroll also had a mishap as his back right tire clipped the infamous Wall of Champions on the final turn, causing a puncture. The same spot has seen many crashes involving world champion drivers over the years. The 19-year-old made it slowly back to the Williams garage and did not go back out. His top time was 1:16.259.

The session stopped for 13 minutes a half hour in when Nico Hulkenburg s Renault stalled beside the track with a gear problem and had to be lifted off and pushed back to the garage. The German did not record a time.

A caution flag came out in the final minutes after Marcus Ericsson spun his Sauber.

Latifi, 22, was named reserve driver by Force India this season after serving in a similar role with Renault. He attended the Canadian Grand Prix the last two years without getting a chance to drive.

He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and currently sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan.

Stroll picked up his first career points with a ninth-place finish as a rookie at last year s Canadian GP. He sits 16th in driver standings with four points from six events.
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