Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Alonso leads Mercedes duo as practice begins

2014 Canadian Grand Prix first practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Fernando Alonso headed the two Mercedes drivers by a slender margin in the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari headed the times by 16 thousandths of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who led much of the early running. Team mate Nico Rosberg was third-quickest, a tenth of a second off the other Mercedes.

But not for the first time this year the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen ran into technical trouble. A radio message revealed the team had noticed his engine was knocking, and soon afterwards he returned to the pits for a lengthy spell. He later returned to the track and set the ninth-fastest time.

A late improvement by Daniel Ricciardo moved him up to sixth place behind team mate Sebastian Vettel and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. The two McLarens were separated by less than a tenth of a second ahead of Raikkonen.

Jean-Eric Vergne put his Toro Rosso in the top ten despite also suffering a technical setback during the race.

Monaco points-scorer Jules Bianchi was the first driver to strike one of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s notorious walls. He glanced the barrier at turn four, damaging the right-rear of his car, leaving him crawling back to the pits for repairs.

Alexander Rossi made his first appearance in a practice session this year and finished it at the bottom of the times, three-tenths of a second off team mate Marcus Ericsson.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’17.238 21
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’17.254 0.016 25
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.384 0.146 32
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’18.131 0.893 28
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.361 1.123 20
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.435 1.197 26
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.446 1.208 33
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.516 1.278 31
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’18.578 1.340 15
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.643 1.405 14
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’18.733 1.495 30
12 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’18.959 1.721 22
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.108 1.870 24
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’19.142 1.904 32
15 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.177 1.939 21
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’19.340 2.102 34
17 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’19.575 2.337 7
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.804 2.566 15
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.200 2.962 15
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.844 3.606 26
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’21.404 4.166 33
22 45 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’21.757 4.519 27

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