Hamilton crashes but still quickest in Canada
By Alan Baldwin
MONTREAL (Reuters) - Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton crashed into the tyre wall but still stayed top of the timesheets after a rain-lashed Canadian Grand Prix practice on Friday.
The Mercedes driver put Monaco disappointment behind him to set the pace in a dry morning session before the heavens opened in the afternoon and rendered the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve undriveable.
Hamilton was caught out in the deluge after going out on intermediate tyres, a mere passenger as he braked into the hairpin turn 10 with the car carrying straight on into the barriers at reduced speed.
The red flags came out with about 40 minutes remaining, 10 minutes after the rain first started falling.
"The ending might have been so-so but it's generally been a pretty good day," said Hamilton.
"I made a couple of mistakes -- pushing too hard and going over the kerbs at the final chicane and then what happened at the end there.
"Looking at the replays, I wasn't going that fast. But it was like sheet ice into Turn 10 so the car aquaplaned and I went off," he added.
Mercedes technical head Paddy Lowe said the car had also suffered some minor damage to the rear of the car caused by the recovery tractor swinging it around but all would be well for Saturday's qualifying. Continued...