Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton on top again in final practice
|By James Roberts||Saturday, June 7th 2014, 15:08 GMT|
Lewis Hamilton marked himself out as one of the favourites for pole position as he set the pace in the final practice session for Formula 1's Canadian Grand Prix.
The Briton was just under half a second quicker than Felipe Massa as the Brazilian raised the hopes of a strong weekend for the Williams team.
Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was third quickest at the end of the final one-hour practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying.
The Mercedes both set their best times on the soft tyre and were unable to improve on super-softs, unlike the majority of the field.
The top three were trailed by the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and sixth placed Kimi Raikkonen, as the Italian team maintained its impressive practice pace at a hot and sunny Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
They were split by Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull in fifth, while his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10.
The two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne were eighth and ninth fastest respectively, just one position behind Valtteri Bottas's Williams
A number of drivers were struggling on the brakes into the tight Turn 10 hairpin and locked up into the run-off area unharmed. There were also a few spins into the tricky Turn 8/9 chicane, as both Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson made errors there.
The session was red-flagged 15 minutes into the session after Esteban Gutierrez spun his Sauber under braking for Turn 3 and clattered into the outside wall.
At that stage, only eight cars had managed to set a laptime with Kevin Magnussen quickest in his McLaren at the interruption. The Dane lost control of his car later in the session with a spin under braking for Turn 1.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.610s 18 2. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m16.086s +0.476s 16 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.120s +0.510s 20 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m16.488s +0.878s 15 5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m16.504s +0.894s 15 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.528s +0.918s 22 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m16.684s +1.074s 20 8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.820s +1.210s 21 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.824s +1.214s 19 10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m16.884s +1.274s 15 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m16.944s +1.334s 17 12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.993s +1.383s 19 13. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m17.121s +1.511s 21 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m17.188s +1.578s 19 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m17.224s +1.614s 21 16. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.360s +1.750s 23 17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.900s +2.290s 23 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.518s +2.908s 25 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.525s +2.915s 19 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m19.865s +4.255s 23 21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.227s +4.617s 14 22. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.388s +6.778s 6