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Spins dominate the day for Canadian Friday practice // Ferrari and Mercedes lead as lack of grip prevails

Published by Christine Blachford

Spins dominate the day for Canadian Friday practice
Credit: Haas F1 Team
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A lack of grip and confusion over the best car setup were complaints heard throughout the day in Montreal on Friday, as drivers were spinning all over the place. In FP1, Carlos Sainz stopped on track with his Toro Rosso smoking gently, whilst Fernando Alonso also stopped at the hairpin for another McLaren disappointment.

Stroll was celebrating his home race, but struggling with setup, whilst both Ferrari drivers had sizeable spins. Lewis Hamilton narrowly avoided the local wildlife but went on to post the fastest time. For FP2, Ferrari took over the top spot with Kimi leading Hamilton and then Vettel. But it was spins that dominated the session. Many, many drivers were struggling but Romain Grosjean took the biscuit with two spins in two laps and then a third just to make sure.

Hülkenberg and Ericsson brushed the Wall of Champions barriers, whilst Vettel had a good catch to avoid them. At Red Bull, it was a disappointing afternoon as both drivers missed out on some running due to engine problems.