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Hamilton well on course for glory in Montreal GP

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes part in the first practice session at the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada on Fri...

McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain takes part in the first practice session at the Canadian F1 Grand Prix in Montreal, Canada on Fri...

Lewis Hamilton looks set to continue his love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix after setting the fastest time of the day in Friday practice.
Hamilton claimed his first grand prix victory in Montreal last year and will be hopeful of a repeat today after setting a blistering fastest lap of 1:15.753 in his McLaren.
Hamilton had barely emerged from the garage during the rain-hit morning practice session but the world championship leader showed his quality in the afternoon, twice recording rapid late laps to remove BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica from the top of the timesheet.
Afterwards Hamilton said: "It's great to be back in Montreal, the scene of my first Grand Prix victory.
"In the afternoon, we were able to improve the car on every run - I felt very comfortable with the set-up and balance, particularly when we switched to the option tire, which allowed me to lean on the car as the track conditions improved.
"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."
Kubica, who suffered a terrible crash at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve last year, enjoyed a very strong day, finishing second quickest in each practice session and setting a fastest lap just two-tenths of a second slower than Hamilton's.
Afterwards, the young Pole was pleased with the team's work for the day, saying: "We ran a very comprehensive program in the second session, trying a lot of different things on the car's set-up.
"The grip level is still very low, which makes the car quite nervous. However, we were also able to do the tire comparison, so we have a good base to start with for tomorrow."
Ferrari's flying-Finn Kimi Raikkonen, lying just three points behind Hamilton in the standings, was third quickest in the afternoon and looked to be in particularly good form.
The reigning world champion was twice denied from posting a quick lap due to traffic in the middle sector of the circuit.
Heikki Kovalainen was fourth fastest, "Today was pretty useful, although I do not really feel as though I've yet found a truly perfect balance," he said.


Updated : 2021-04-13 15:26 GMT+08:00