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Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB18. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada,

As it happened: Verstappen makes fast start at F1 Canadian GP

Last Updated: 22 Jun 2022 - 19:54

Relive all the action from Friday free practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, as Red Bull's Max Verstappen dominated the opening day of F1 running in Montreal. 

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23:08

That's it for today's track action in Montreal, but we will be back tomorrow for final practice and qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix. 

See you at 5.30pm UK time as we build up to FP3 and see whether anyone can challenge Max Verstappen.

23:05

Here are the full results from second practice at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Ferrari F1-75. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, Practice
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Leclerc (+0.081s), Sainz, Vettel, Alonso, Gasly, Russell, Norris, Ricciardo and Ocon round out the rest of the top 10 order in FP2. 

23:00

CHEQUERED FLAG! 

That's that for second practice as Verstappen ends the first day of running in Canada fastest, having topped both of Friday's practice sessions. 

22:58

"This car is now undriveable, mate," Hamilton reports as he comes back into the pits after a wide moment through the Turn 8/9 chicane. 

Is this a consequence of the experimental set-up route Mercedes are going down on Hamilton's side of the garage?

Either way, Hamilton is not happy and will end FP2 in a lowly 13th, nearly half a second behind Russell in seventh. 

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A lock up for Magnussen there on the approach to the Turn 8/9 chicane. Aside from a puff of white smoke, the Dane avoided any drama and was able to continue on his way. 

22:50

Mick Schumacher, another driver under pressure after a string of crashes, is doing a solid job in FP2. He's currently just one place and 0.017s behind Haas teammate Kevin Magnussen in 15th. 

22:48

The focus shifts to long runs...

22:44

Weather update 

Red Bull has just informed Verstappen that heavy rain is expected to fall around 10 minutes after the end of FP2. He has been warned that there could be some drops of rain before the end of the session. 

"Oh, that's very lovely!" the Dutchman reponds in a very cool and relaxed manner. 

22:42

Is Ricciardo turning things around?

After finishing ahead of Norris in Baku, Ricciardo is showing some more promising pace here in Montreal. 

Ricciardo is currently ninth fastest and just 0.046s behind his McLaren teammate.

It will be a welcome boost for the under-pressure Australian, whose future at Woking has come into question in recent weeks following his difficult start to the season.

Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) McLaren MCL36. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, Practice
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Meanwhile, Hamilton is struggling for pace. He has only set a lap good enough for P13 as things stand. 

“The car is all over the place," the seven-time world champion bemoans over the radio as he returns to the pits, presumably for some set-up tweaks. 

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 9, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, Practice
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Perez may have outqualified Verstappen at the last two races, but the Mexican cannot get close to his teammate at the moment. He is a full second off the pace in eighth. 

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner has put the current gap down to set-up and Verstappen being much happier with the balance in his RB18. 

22:30

Leclerc tried his best and gets within 0.081s of Verstappen's quickest time. He remains second, for now. 

Meanwhile, Russell has popped his Mercedes into third, but he is quickly shuffled down to P4 as Sainz goes ahead of him. 

22:29

Boom! On his first-timed lap on soft tyres, Verstappen blitzes a new benchmark time with a 1m14.127s. Around a half second improvement from the mediums to softs. 

Beat that! 

 

22:26

Bottas is having a very frustrating afternoon. 

The Finn is back in the pits after the issue that delayed him heading out in the first place has cropped back up. More technical gremlins for Alfa Romeo, it seems. 

"I smelt something weird under downshifting", Bottas says after reporting anti-stall under braking. 

22:24

Ferrari's Sainz reports over team radio that the "bouncing is really bad, guys"

He's not the only one out there suffering, with Russell relaying a similar message to Mercedes. "Massive hopping through Turn 9," he says. 

To the naked eye, Mercedes' bouncing does not look as extreme as it did in Baku. But we're not in the car...

22:21
22:20

Leclerc has found more time to move into second, 0.298s behind Verstappen. But the Ferrari driver is on the red-marked soft tyres, while Verstappen set his best time on the yellow-walled mediums. 

22:18

This weekend, Mercedes' cars are carrying a tribute to Paul Sims, a Mercedes technician of more than 20 years who recently passed away

22:14

Verstappen is not messing around here. The Dutchman finds another two tenths to post a 1m14.532s, before returning to the pits. 

Meanwhile, Alonso has moved his Alpine into second as he looks to continue his encouraging start to the weekend. 

22:12

Bottas and Hamilton head out on track to join the party after their late start to second practice. 

22:11

Another improvement from Verstappen, who becomes the first driver to dip under the 1m15 barrier. 

It's a 1m14.792s from the Red Bull driver on mediums. Leclerc, running softs, also goes faster but is still nearly half a second adrift. 

22:08

Verstappen goes even faster on a 1m15.096s, while Leclerc slots his Ferrari into second, half a second down on his main rival. 

That lap from Verstappen is already quicker than the benchmark he set in FP1.