Verstappen quickest; Canadians Stroll and Latifi on track in Canada GP practice
|CTVnews 08 Jun 2018 at 09:21|
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.