Hamilton stays fastest in final practice

Hamilton stays fastest in final practice

7 June 2014 – Lewis Hamilton remained on top during Saturday's final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, clocking a 1:15.610 to place ahead of Williams rival Felipe Massa and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Amid much improved weather conditions, the Silver Arrows machines continued where they left on Friday afternoon, comfortably setting the pace as the field worked through early Soft tyre runs.

And perhaps of concern for the chasing pack, Hamilton and Rosberg refrained from posting improved times on the Super Soft tyres, meaning their positions were claimed with the slower compound.

Massa's late Option run put him between the pair, four tenths down on Hamilton and 0.034s ahead of Rosberg.

The Ferraris were again near the front, with Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen sandwiching Daniel Ricciardo.

Valtteri Bottas, a star performer in last season's wet qualifying session in Montreal, classified seventh, ahead of Toro Rosso drivers Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Éric Vergne and the second Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel.

McLaren appeared to struggle amid the hotter track conditions, with Kevin Magnussen enduring a dramatic opening corner spin en route to 12th and Jenson Button complaining of ill-handling on his way to 16th.

The hour-long session was briefly red flagged shortly after the 15-minute mark, when Esteban Gutiérrez lost control of his Sauber through the Turn 3/4 chicane and clattered into the exit wall, causing left-rear damage.

This left the Mexican firmly at the bottom of the timesheets, behind the Marussia and Caterham drivers.

Saturday's qualifying session in Montreal gets underway at 1pm local time (GMT -4)

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