Championship leader Max Verstappen quickest in first practice at Canadian GP as Lewis Hamilton forces his way into top ten with Mercedes teammate George Russell sixth

Formula One reigning world champion Max Verstappen set the pace in the first practice session ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. The Red Bull driver leads the championship and extended his advantage to 21 points over team-mate Sergio Perez with victory on the streets of Baku last week. Verstappen has had less trouble than others on the grid and he once again went fastest, setting a time of one minute 15.158 seconds to top the timing sheets. The Ferrari of Carlos Sainz was second, with Fernando Alonso’s Alpine third ahead of the sister Red Bull of Perez. Charles Leclerc, who avoided a grid penalty after only part of his energy unit needed replacing, was fifth and George Russell – the fastest of the Mercedes – took sixth.

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