Hamilton fastest in Canadian GP practice

Fri Jun 6, 2008 6:30pm EDT
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By Simon Evans

MONTREAL (Reuters) - McLaren's Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in practice for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday with a best lap of one minute 15.752.

After a wet track had restricted the drivers in the morning session, the world championship leader pulled out a time which was 0.271 faster than that of second quickest Robert Kubica in a BMW Sauber.

The 23-year-old Briton, who took his first grand prix win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year, lapped fastest with his final effort of the day.

He will now be confident of repeating his 2007 pole position in qualifying Saturday as he looks to extend his three point lead over Ferrari's world champion Kimi Raikkonen.

"In the afternoon, we were able to improve the car on every run - I felt very comfortable with the set up and balance," said Hamilton.

"We've still got some work to do ahead of qualifying and the race but we've already got some positive running under our belts," he added.

Kubica, who was second quickest behind Ferrari's Felipe Massa in the first session, looked sharp throughout the day and his performance will ease any worries about the psychological effect of the Pole's horrific crash at the circuit last year.

Raikkonen was third fastest, 0.341 behind Hamilton, on a grey and overcast day with McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen and Massa producing the next quickest laps.   Continued...

<p>McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes part in the afternoon practice session at the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montreal June 6, 2008. REUTERS/Christinne Muschi</p>