FP1: Norris tops rain-affected opening practice in Montreal

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuveca

McLaren driver Lando Norris set the benchmark in a non-representative opening practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix as the field spent the majority of the one-hour session in the garages.

The Canadian Grand Prix weekend endured a slow start with a heavy rain shower and hailstorm arriving just an hour ahead of the beginning of the first one-hour session.

Although rainy weather has been predicted for the session, nobody expected the intensity that hit the track. The pit lane was closed for almost half an hour as track workers were intent on clearing the standing water that would have made any on-track action dangerous.

When the session started, Lewis Hamilton was the first to go out for an exploratory lap. He was soon joined by the Kick Sauber pair of Valtteri Bottas and Zhou Guanyu. The sun started to beat down, but the track surface was still very damp, and the Chinese driver aquaplaned through the Turn 5 right-hander and slid into the wall. The session was red-flagged, but Zhou's car was quickly cleared.

With the rainy weather set to make appearance during the rest of the weekend, drivers were intent on saving their tyres. Although Ferrari's Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc led the way until the closing stages of the session, McLaren's Lando Norris found himself atop the leaderboard with a late flying lap.

Lewis Hamilton ended up fourth behind the Ferrari duo with Max Verstappen taking fifth for Red Bull.

Esteban Ocon missed the opening session with Alpine reserve driver Jack Doohan having taken over his car. The Australian's session was heavily affected by the damp surface as he only racked up a total of three laps and failed to set a lap time.

14Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:24.4358
255Carlos SainzFerrari1:24.763+0.328s11
316Charles LeclercFerrari1:25.306+0.871s11
444Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:25.970+1.535s11
51Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:26.502+2.067s10
681Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:26.754+2.319s7
710Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:27.584+3.149s8
877Valtteri BottasKick Sauber Ferrari1:27.670+3.235s11
911Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:28.058+3.623s10
1063George RussellMercedes1:28.541+4.106s9
113Daniel RicciardoRb Honda Rbpt1:28.582+4.147s9
1222Yuki TsunodaRb Honda Rbpt1:28.723+4.288s9
1320Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:29.052+4.617s8
1427Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:32.826+8.391s5
1514Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:33.411+8.976s4
162Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:36.586+12.151s5
1718Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:40.530+16.095s4
1824Zhou GuanyuKick Sauber Ferrari4
1961Jack DoohanAlpine Renault3
2023Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes4