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Lewis Hamilton leads Free Practice in Canada // McLaren have a day of mixed fortunes

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Lewis Hamilton leads Free Practice in Canada
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The first practice session in Montreal was interrupted by a lengthy red flag period after Heikki Kovalainen hit the wall and sprayed bits of Caterham all over the track. Before the session was halted, the Lotus teammates found pace and battled for number one, before Lewis Hamilton topped the times. Nico Rosberg was the only driver who could trouble him but it was the McLaren on top. Jenson Button, meanwhile, was left with little running after an oil leak saw him complete only 12 laps.

The McLaren team had a mixed day, with one side of the garage successful in both practice sessions, and the other struggling in the morning and afternoon outings. For second practice, it was some gearbox related issues that halted Button's running, but he did manage to do two more laps than in FP1.

Meanwhile, Caterham patched up Kovalainen's car, allowing him to head out on track and finish the day 16th. It was Bruno Senna who stopped proceedings this time, hitting the wall of champions backwards and giving the marshals some more work to do. Both Ferrari drivers improved their times to finish second and third behind Lewis Hamilton again.