Alonso leads opening practice in Montreal as Mercedes sandbags

Fernando Alonso topped the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand prix in Montreal with a time of 1m17.238s. That was slightly better than Lewis Hamilton at 1m17.254s and his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg at 1m17.384s.

However, the Mercedes drivers were reminded on the radio to lift and coast so they obviously are sandbagging.

Vettel was 4th in the Red Bull lemon, at least until it breaks down, and Bottas rounded out the top-5.

American Alexander Rossi was dead last in the backmarker Caterham, but he helped to clean the track early in the session and that is what his job was. Dead last. Looks bad. His F1 career is toast. What good team is going to hire a dead last driver? Why is he driving for the slowest team in F1? There will never be another American in F1 at this rate.

He gets to clean the track on Friday in Austin later this year to further hone his skills in case he decides for a career as a Street Sweeper driver.


Pos Driver Team Time Behind Laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m17.238s +0.000s 21
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.254s +0.016s 25
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m17.384s +0.146s 32
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m18.131s +0.893s 28
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m18.361s +1.123s 20
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.435s +1.197s 26
7 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.446s +1.208s 33
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.514s +1.276s 31
9 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.578s +1.340s 15
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.643s +1.405s 14
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m18.733s +1.495s 30
12 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m18.959s +1.721s 22
13 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.108s +1.870s 24
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m19.142s +1.904s 32
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.177s +1.939s 21
16 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m19.340s +2.102s 37
17 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m19.575s +2.337s 7
18 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.804s +2.566s 15
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.200s +2.962s 15
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.844s +3.606s 26
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m21.404s +4.166s 33
22 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1m21.757s +4.519s 27

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