Happy Hamilton dominates Canadian practice

Fri Jun 10, 2016 5:27pm EDT
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By Ian Gordon

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton dominated Canadian Grand Prix practice on Friday in a further indication that the Formula One championship momentum could be swinging back toward him.

The triple world champion set the pace in the morning session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and went even quicker in the afternoon, clocking a best time of one minute 14.212 seconds in his Mercedes.

"It's been an awesome day. This has always been a strong circuit for me and I'm really enjoying being back here again. I've generally been really happy with the car so far," said Hamilton.

Two weeks after finally taking his first win of the season in Monaco, the Briton will be confident of a fifth victory in Montreal on Sunday which, if team-mate Nico Rosberg draws a blank, will see him regain the overall lead.

Rosberg has never won on the island track, finishing runner-up for the past two years, and the championship leader has work to do after ending the day third fastest and more than half-a-second off Hamilton.

"Getting the tyres working is not so straightforward here, so that needs some further analysis tonight," said Rosberg, who finished seventh in Monaco after struggling with low tire temperatures.

The German was leapfrogged on the time-sheets in the second session by countryman Sebastian Vettel, the four times champion, who was second fastest in a Ferrari that has a new turbocharger for this race.

Vettel is still seeking his first win of the season and, after finishing 0.257 seconds off Hamilton, will be hoping the seventh round brings that elusive victory.   Continued...

Formula One - Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 10/6/16 - Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton gestures towards the crowd during the first practice. REUTERS/Chris Wattie