2014 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix - First free practice

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Hello and welcome to live coverage of opening practice for the Canadian Grand Prix!
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It's an overcast morning in Montreal, although the sun is doing its best to break through
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A fascinating weekend lies ahead, following a controversial Monaco event
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Nico Rosberg heads into the weekend at the top of the championship standings, having edged back ahead of frustrated team-mate Lewis Hamilton
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Their relationship is allegedly back to normal, but only time will tell...
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Super Soft and Soft tyres to Canada
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In terms of DRS, there are two zones in place this weekend, as per last season
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The first activation area begins just before Turn 12, with the second after Turn 14
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They are controlled by a single detection point, situated just after Turn 9
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There is one driver change for FP1, with Alexander Rossi getting a run in the Caterham
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He will be lapping in place of regular driver Kamui Kobayashi
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As per the current regulations, the drivers will get an extra set of the harder compound tyre for the first half an hour of the opening 90-minute session
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These will be handed back to tyre supplier Pirelli after the cut-off point
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FP1 gets underway in Montreal!
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Massa is the first driver out on track
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Plenty of cars following for early install laps
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Flow-vis paint all over the back of the Ferraris
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All 22 drivers have ventured out within the first five minutes
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Teams have produced and applied specific low downforce packages for this weekend's event, due to the high speed nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
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We can thus expect to see the highest straight line speeds of the season so far
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A period of silence as the teams prepare for their first full runs
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Magnussen's engine is fired up and the Dane returns to the track
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Magnussen is the first to post a time, lapping in 1:23.249
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Magnussen improves by more than two seconds on his next lap
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Grosjean slots in behind Magnussen on the timesheets
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Maldonado brought out the yellow flags for a brief moment by running wide at Turn 8
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The Venezuelan will be hoping for a much smoother weekend after recent criticism
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Magnussen now breaks into the 1m19s
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Massa edges clear on a 1:19.575
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Replays show Hulkenberg spinning at Turn 8
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He recovers without major drama
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Ricciardo gets extremely close to Turn 4 exit wall
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No shortage of confidence for the Australian...
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Hamilton's second lap of the session takes him to the top of the timesheets
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It's a 1:18.997 from the Mercedes driver, who then runs wide at the first corner
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Gutierrez is the only driver yet to post a time
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Rosberg improves to make it a Mercedes 1-2
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Vettel is the next to run straight on at the first corner
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We're expecting plenty of excursions as the dust and dirt takes time to clear
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Vettel carries too much speed into the final chicane and takes to the run off
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Bottas does the same in his Williams
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Alonso has a scare at Turn 3, but manages to hold on
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Raikkonen complains of power loss on the back straight
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His engineer tells him that there was some "knocking"
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The Finn is back in the pits for an investigation
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Hamilton has worked his way down to a 1:18.088
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Rosberg is half a tenth down in second
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Alonso sits third, four tenths further back
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Hulkenberg has another moment, this time at the final chicane
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He complains of rear graining over the radio
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Gutierrez has finally clocked his first time of the day
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All 22 drivers are back in the pits, as we pass the 30-minute mark
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Teams must now hand back the extra sets of tyres
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Hamilton still leading the way from team-mate Rosberg
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Button currently tops the speed trap, hitting 296 km/h in the McLaren
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We should see teams comfortably past the 300 km/h mark as the event develops
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Plenty of working going on at the rear of Raikkonen's Ferrari
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The Finn reported a loss of straight line speed earlier in the session
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Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci gets a mid-session update in the garage
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Kvyat breaks the silence in his Toro Rosso
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Magnussen joins his fellow rookie on track
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The skies appear to be getting darker as the session progresses
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Rain is a genuine threat for this afternoon's second outing
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Kvyat takes to the run off area at Turn 8
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It's caught lots of drivers out so far today
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Magnussen and Button have improved to fourth and fifth respectively
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McLaren expect to be more competitive here, given the emphasis on engine power
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Rossi is currently holding 21st position, ahead of Ericsson in the sister Caterham
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It's the American's first FP1 appearance of the season
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He is told that his tyre temperatures are a little low at the moment
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Grosjean asks race engineer Ayao Komatsu to stop talking through corners
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Bianchi has come to a halt in his Marussia
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It looks as though he has clipped the wall at Turn 4
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Replays confirm a sizeable contact, resulting in rear-end damage
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Bianchi is moving again, as he attempts to bring the car back to the pits
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The team suggests that it could have been a track-rod failure
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Rosberg moves to the front with a 1:17.922
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Bianchi limps back to his garage, where mechanics begin their assessment
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Hamilton responds to Rosberg, retaking the top spot on 1:17.254
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Alonso is their nearest challenger and the last man in the 1m17s bracket
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Alonso now splits the Mercedes duo with an improved lap
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Chilton runs wide and clatters the kerbs at the final chicane
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Replays show Rosberg locking up and running wide at Turn 8
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Rosberg improves, but stays in third position
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Just over one tenth of a second separating the top three at present
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Sauber has changed the rear wing on Sutil's car
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Finding a compromise between speed and downforce is a constant battle
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Alonso goes quickest, clocking a 1:17.238
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Hamilton abandons what would have been a strong lap after locking up at Turn 10
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Vergne is out of his car and out of the session
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Massa has joined him on the sidelines with an ERS pump failure
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Alonso sits 16 thousandths clear of Hamilton as we approach the final ten minutes
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We believe that Vergne's problem is battery-related
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Replays show Button narrowly avoiding a bird on track
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The McLaren driver did well to dart out of the way
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Hamilton told to focus on lift and coast and gear selection
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Not many improvements being made as the tyres continue to degrade
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Sutil reports low grip over the radio
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Replays show Vettel running wide at the hairpin
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He also goes straight on at the final chicane
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We're into the final minute of the session
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The chequered flag comes out, bringing FP1 to an end
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Alonso remains on top for Ferrari, ahead of Mercedes duo Hamilton and Rosberg
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Vettel is next up, but a sizeable chunk back on the top three
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Stay tuned to the website for a full report, plus the latest news and photos
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We will be back for second practice, which begins at 2pm local time (GMT -4)