Alonso pips Mercedes duo in first practice

Alonso pips Mercedes duo in first practice

6 June 2014 – Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the pace during Friday morning's opening practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, clocking a 1:17.238 to edge out Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

At the end of a session that threatened rainfall but ultimately remained dry, just 0.016 seconds separated former McLaren team-mates Alonso and Hamilton, with Rosberg a further tenth back in third position.

Reigning World Champion Sebastian Vettel placed fourth, ahead of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

The McLarens of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen followed in seventh and eighth respectively, while Kimi Räikkönen, over a second down on pace-setting team-mate Alonso, and Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne completed the top ten places.

There were numerous off track excursions throughout the first outing of the weekend at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with drivers having to cope with a 'green' track surface after an early morning shower.

Jules Bianchi, fresh from scoring Marussia's maiden Formula 1 points in Monaco, hit trouble just before the one-hour mark when he tapped the wall on the exit of Turn 4, causing damage to the right-rear of his car.

But despite missing a significant chunk of the session, the Frenchman still topped the battle at the back.

Williams' Felipe Massa also lost time, but due to an ERS pump failure as opposed to an on track incident.

Alexander Rossi was the only reserve in action during FP1, driving Kamui Kobayashi's car. The American finished at the bottom of the timesheets, 0.353 seconds down on fellow Caterham runner Marcus Ericsson.

Friday afternoon's second practice session in Montreal gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT -4)

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