Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix with a blistering time of 1:14.755, almost half a second quicker than last year’s FP1 time.

Nico Rosberg finished second in the other Mercedes three-tenths of a second off his teammate’s pace, while Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel put in a fast lap late in the session to go third.

Only a handful of registered laps had been completed within the first 25 minutes when Felipe Massa brought out the red flag after crashing at Turn 1. The Brazilian lost control of his Williams at the end of the main straight and was sent into a spin where his rear smashed into the barrier.

Massa radioed his team once his car had come to a stop complaining that he had lost control once his DRS had deactivated, although replays suggested that the Brazilian may have taken too much track and touched the grass heading into the corner.

The session was restarted with 53 minutes to run and a queue of cars took to the track to set their initial lap times.

Kimi Räikkönen held the top spot as the session restarted followed by Valtteri Bottas, when Carlos Sainz put his Toro Rosso into the top three just under four-tenths of a second off Räikkönen’s early benchmark.

Rosberg was quick to put in his best lap which saw him go fastest on the ultra-soft tyre, although his teammate Hamilton soon demoted him to second with an impressive lap of 1:14.980 on the super-soft tyre.

The Briton then improved another two tenths while Max Verstappen registered his best time to put his Red Bull third.

Force India’s Nico Hülkenberg was another driver to post a fast lap in the later stages of the session to finish in seventh position ahead of Sainz and teammate Sergio Pérez.

Fernando Alonso rounded out the top ten, just under two seconds off Hamilton’s benchmark, while his McLaren teammate Jenson Button experienced power-unit troubles with five minutes left in the session which saw his garage fill with smoke before the team sent him out for his final run.

Driver Team / Entry Result Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid 1:14.755 22
2. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid + 0.331 30
3. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 0.488 22
4. Max Verstappen nl Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 0.798 29
5. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 0.863 23
6. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.546 30
7. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.709 24
8. Carlos Sainz Jr es Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 1.788 21
9. Sergio Pérez Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.822 25
10. Fernando Alonso es McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.908 18
11. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 1.979 28
12. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 2.033 8
13. Romain Grosjean fr Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 2.253 22
14. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 2.310 7
15. Daniil Kvyat ru Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 2.555 24
16. Esteban Gutiérrez Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 2.564 24
17. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 3.100 21
18. Rio Haryanto id Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 3.348 21
19. Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 3.374 8
20. Kevin Magnussen dk Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 3.654 13
21. Pascal Wehrlein de Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 3.698 30
22. Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 3.828 28

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