Canadian Grand Prix practice as it happened

Text and video highlights of Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, where Lewis Hamilton is fastest.

6 June 2014 Last updated at 14:45

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  1. 20:50: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton - a three-time winner in Canada - finishes Friday on top of the pile. Can the 2008 world champion continue that form into qualifying, securing his fifth pole position of the season? Join me tomorrow to find out. Until then, it's goodnight from me. See ya!

  2. 20:45: 

    That's just about it from me. Thanks for your company and I do hope you'll join me tomorrow for third and final practice followed by qualifying. The live text will be up and running from 14:30 BST with third practice starting at 15:00.

  3. 20:40: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's second practice report, which has quotes from Red Bull boss Christian Horner on the reiging world champions' form in Canada.

    BBC Sport’s chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Ferrari appear to be the second fastest team - they have taken a package of upgrades to Canada, including aerodynamic revisions among which are a new floor and engine performance improvements.

    "The two drivers shared the development work. Alonso ran the new floor in the first session, when he was 1.34secs clear of Raikkonen, before it was switched to the Finn's car for a comparison in the second session, when Alonso ran an older design."

  5. 20:33: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Vettel 4) Raikkonen 5) Alonso 6) Massa 7) Bottas 8) Magnussen 9) Button 10) Vergne 11) Grosjean

    12) Ricciardo 13) Hulkenberg 14) Perez 15) Maldonado 16) Sutil 17) Gutierrez 18) Chilton 19) Kvyat 20) Kobayashi 21) Ericsson 22) Bianchi

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "Mercedes are out in front. The Ferraris are significantly quicker than they have been so their upgrades have helped. Williams are looking strong and expect Force India to be up there, too."

  7. 20:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes quickest in second practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

  8. 20:27: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne outbrakes himself at Turn Three and goes sliding into the escape road. There's only a few minutes left, so it's no big deal.

  9. 20:23: 

    We're into the final seven minutes of the session, with everyone apart from Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez, Daniil Kvyat and Jules Bianchi out on track.

  10. 20:20: 

    Red Bull boss Christian Horner describes Mercedes' advantage over the field as "depressing" when speaking to James Allen and Allan McNish live from the pitwall.

  11. 20:19: 

    It's not been a great session for Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat, the Russian managing just nine laps. He won't be adding to that tally as he's already in his team civvies and sat on the pitwall.

    Jenson Button

    McLaren: A mid-stint switch to Options for @JensonButton during the final laps of #FP2.

  13. 20:15: 

    The sun has come out in Montreal and it's turned into a glorious afternoon. These are the sort of conditions we're expecting for the rest of the weekend.

  14. 20:13: 

    It's pretty busy out on track with all but four cars in action. As a result, traffic is becoming an issue. Just 17 minutes remaining.

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    Fraser Willis: Best Canadian Grand Prix? Can't beat Jenson's epic last lap overtake of Vettel to win after buckets of rain!!!

    Tim Nicholls: 1998 was a great Canadian GP, start crashes, safety cars, overtaking, Schumacher-Frentzen, and Schumacher-Hill controversy.

  16. 20:09: 

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton starts his 15th lap on the same set of super-soft tyres and continues to lap very consistently.

  17. 20:07: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes sixth quickest, 0.723 seconds off the pace.

  18. 20:06: 

    Sebastian Vettel has headed out on track on the super-soft tyres. The reigning world champion has yet to do a time on the option tyre in this session.

  19. 20:04: 

    Kamui Kobayashi is really struggling to slow that Caterham down. The Japanese driver locks up at the hairpin and then the final chicane.

  20. 20:01: 

    We're into the final half hour of the session with most drivers focusing on their long runs.

  21. 19:59: 

    Jules Bianchi has managed just three laps in this session and BBC Radio 5 live pit lane reporter Jennie Gow reports that he won't be adding to that tally for the rest of the session. The team say it's "a Ferrari issue". The team use Ferrari engines, of course.

  22. 19:55: 

    Kimi Raikkonen causes a scene down at the hairpin, the Finn losing the rear end on the exit. "It's not very often you see drivers do that," says BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish. Raikkonen lights up the rear tyres and gets going again.

  23. 19:53: 
    Romain Grosjean (left)

    Romain Grosjean is having a reasonable session, the Frenchman 10th fastest 1.5 seconds off the pace. He's currently three tenths quicker than team-mate Pastor Maldonado is 15th.

  24. 19:51: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes third quickest on his super-soft run, a few thousandths quicker than Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.

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    Daniel Vincent: What a lap that was @LewisHamilton. Looks like the super-softs are amazingly quick but how long will they last?

    Sarah Baxter: I'm so impressed with JEV (Jean-Eric Vergne) - being passed over for the RBR seat must hurt and he's had lots of bad luck, but still performs well.

  26. 19:47: 

    Fernando Alonso pops in third as best of the rest behind the Mercedes after his super-soft tyre run. Jean-Eric Vergne, who was on course for a big result in Monaco before his penalty for an unsafe release during a pit stop, is a brilliant sixth, one second off the pace.

    Romain Grosjean

    Lotus: Your exits are here, here and here @RGrosjean

  28. 19:45: 

    Felipe Massa goes third quickest in the Williams on the super-soft tyres, seven tenths slower than Lewis Hamilton. The other Williams of Valtteri Bottas pops into fourth, just a few thousandths behind.

  29. 19:44: 
    James Allen and Allan McNish

    Don't forget you can follow the action on BBC Two with commentary for James Allen and Allan McNish. Meanwhile, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso has just headed out on a set of super-soft tyres.

  30. 19:42: 

    Nico Rosberg makes a mistake on his quick lap, locking up at the hairpin, but there is no such problem for Lewis Hamilton who goes quickest of all with a 1:16.118, half a second clear of Rosberg.

  31. 19:40: 

    The two Mercedes cars have headed out on the super-soft tyres.

  32. 19:39: 

    The stewards say no further action will be taken in the incident between Kevin Magnussen and Adrian Sutil.

  33. 19:36: 

    Marcus Ericsson's session has taken a turn for the worse as he pulls off track at Turn Three in his Caterham. There's still just under an hour left in the session.

  34. 19:33: 

    The incident between Kevin Magnussen and Adrian Sutil is under investigation by the stewards.

  35. 19:28: 

    Kevin Magnussen was going very slowly in the final chicane as he prepared to start a flying lap. It catches Adrian Sutil, who is on a hot lap, out and the German is forced to take to the run-off. Sutil raises his hand in frustration.

  36. 19:24: 

    We're running in team formation in the top 10 right now with Lewis Hamilton heading Nico Rosberg at the top of the pile.

    Fernando Alonso is third with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen four tenths further back in fourth. Valtteri Bottas is fifth, with Williams team-mate Felipe Massa sixth.

    McLaren's Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen follow with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez completing the top 10.

  37. 19:22: 

    Lewis Hamilton storms to the top of the charts, the Mercedes driver clocking a 1:16.692, just less than a tenth quicker than Nico Rosberg.

    Jenson Button

    McLaren: JB heads out. Watch out for Tweety Pie.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Nico Hulkenberg

    "Force India's Nico Hulkenberg arrives in Montreal fresh from fifth place in Monaco, which left him in fifth in the championship, sandwiched by the Red Bull drivers, and the team in fourth in the constructors'. The German is hoping for another good weekend on a track he adores. 'It's an engine track,' Hulkenberg said. 'With Mercedes we have the right engine, but a few other teams have it, so it's maybe just an advantage over the Ferrari and Renault teams but that remains to be seen. There are soft tyres here, which normally is good for our car, so points is the target again.'"

  40. 19:17: 

    Nico Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:16.892. That's the fastest lap we've had this weekend. Lewis Hamilton goes second, but he's 0.173 seconds off the pace.

  41. 19:16: 

    Everyone has been out on track apart from the Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, this morning's pacesetter.

  42. 19:15: 

    Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez has a spin down at Turn Four - he isn't the first and certainly won't be the last. The Mexican keeps the engine running and is soon back up to speed.

  43. 19:14: 

    Valtteri Bottas, who had a supreme qualifying session in Montreal last year with third on the grid, goes even quicker in the Williams. The Finn clocks a 1:17.597 with Lewis Hamilton closing to within a few thousandths in second. I reckon Bottas could be in with a shot of a podium this weekend.

  44. 19:13: 

    Poor old Pastor Maldonado. The Venezuelan pulls out of the garage for his first run, but he only makes it a few hundred metres before his Lotus konks out. His mechanics are soon running down the pit lane to recover the stricken black and gold machine back to the garage.

  45. 19:11: 

    Valtteri Bottas goes quickest in the Williams, a tenth quicker than team-mate Felipe Massa, who will be desperate for track time after missing a chunk of time in first practice with an ERS issue.

  46. 19:09: 

    Max Chilton has a moment down at Turn Eight, the rear of his Marussia stepping out in a big way. The Brit catches the slide and then pulls the car back into line.

  47. 19:07: 

    Kamui Kobayashi ends up facing the wrong way after spinning down at Turn One. The Caterham driver keeps the engine running and soon has his green machine pointing in the right direction.

  48. 19:04: 

    Kevin Magnussen sets the first timed lap of the day, a 1:25.338 in the McLaren.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Since way back in the winter, long before the full extent of the trouble Renault were in ahead of the season became apparent, there have been rumours the French manufacturer may be considering quitting F1 - and that Red Bull may be looking elsewhere for a supplier. Renault have contracts with both Red Bull and Lotus beyond the end of this season - and Lotus's is a three-year deal signed only in February - but the rumour mill has been rumbling on. But if there was any doubt about Renault being in F1 next year, Red Bull team principal Christian Horner appears to have scotched it. '(Renault chairman) Carlos Ghosn was in Monaco to see for himself,' Horner said in Canada. 'But there are no ultimatums other than that we are out to improve as soon as we can. It's 100% that next year we will be powered by Renault engines."

  50. 19:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Huge cheers from the crowds as Kevin Magnussen leads the field out of the pits as the session gets under way.

  51. 18:56: 

    The mechanics are just making their final adjustments on the cars before the second session begins. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are putting their earplugs in, followed by their balaclavas and helmets.

  52. 18:53: 

    James Allen is in the commentary box alongside Allan McNish for the second session. Coverage will hit your screens on BBC Three at 19:00 BST.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Sebastian Vettel

    "Red Bull have been busy promoting the return of the Austrian Grand Prix on their own track for some time. Now, two weeks away from F1 cars being back on what used to be called the A1 Ring but is now named for its new owners, they have just released a nice article and set of pictures of an event staged this spring in which former F1 driver Gerhard Berger drove Sebastian Vettel's 2012 Red Bull and Vettel tried out the Austrian's 1988 turbo Ferrari (pictured). It's the first time, I believe, that Vettel has driven an F1 Ferrari and it sounds like Vettel enjoyed it. 'That is so pure, so direct!' a press release quotes the world champion. 'Because of the lack of downforce you don't get the curve speeds, but never mind, it has enough power anyway. It's a lot of fun. Awesome!'"

  54. 18:49: 

    The weather was far from spectacular in Montreal for first practice, with dark clouds looming overhead. However, the rain stayed away and it looks like doing the same for this session, with conditions, if anything, a little brighter.

    Here's BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson's latest forecast. "Showers to the north faded, so a few spots of rain just about possible before second practice but not a concern given track temperature is now 30C."

  55. 18:44: 
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  56. 18:40: 
    DC, Suzi Perry and EJ

    David Coulthard, Suzi Perry and Eddie Jordan were busy filming the opener for this weekend's preview show. Here's a shot of the trio, tweeted by Perry with the words: "Possible future?"

  57. 18:36: 

    The second session will last 90 minutes and provide an opportunity for the teams to perform some long runs in preparation for the race on Sunday.

    If you weren't with us for first practice, you'll have missed the news that we could be going down to one single practice session on a Friday from next season to cut costs. Here's the full story.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Fernando Alonso

    "Fernando Alonso's Ferrari was the surprise pace-setter in first practice, but it would be unwise to get too excited about a potential challenge from Maranello to the dominant Mercedes. For one thing, Lewis Hamilton was on a faster lap before out-braking himself into the hairpin; for another, miracles don't happen in F1. Ferrari always tend to be a bit faster relatively on Fridays than Saturdays - perhaps they run a bit less fuel than their main rivals.

    "Having said all that, Alonso's performance - all attacking verve and aggression over the kerbs at the chicanes - was encouraging. Ferrari have both chassis and engine upgrades for this race, but the team are counselling caution as to their extent, even if they - and Alonso - have been talking about this Canada upgrade for some weeks, so it must be pretty reasonable."

  59. 18:33: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Evening all and welcome to our live coverage of second practice for the Canadian Grand Prix from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The action gets under way at 19:00 BST with the TV coverage on BBC Three.

  60. 18:30: 
    Ferrari fan Kim Reiner

    Hello everybody. This chap with the Ferrari hat will have had plenty to smile about earlier today as his charge Fernando Alonso topped the times in first practice, with the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg not too far behind. Ferrari have a bunch of upgrades for this race, but will it prove to be enough to topple the mighty Mercedes? We'll get our next clue soon...

  61. 16:45: 
    Fernando Alonso

    And here's a video preview to this weekend's race to get you in the mood. We're parking this live text commentary for now but I'll fire up the engine again at 18:30 BST in readiness for second practice. Can Fernando Alonso repeat the trick? See you in a bit to find out. See ya.

  62. 16:42: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's first practice report with information about why Fernando Alonso and Ferrari could potentially be closer to this front this weekend.

  63. 16:38: 

    It's very close at the top, with the top three - Alonso, Hamilton and Rosberg - separated by just one and a half tenths of a second. Vettel, their nearest challenger, was eight tenths further back in fourth.

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish, watching at the final chicane

    "There is a big difference between the behaviour of the two Ferraris on the track.

    "Raikkonen doesn't seem to be very confident on the brakes. The car is doing two or three different things as if it's on and off into the apex. Alonso is a little more composed and more confident with the car.

    "But the two cars are running in different specifications. There is a new floor and Alonso is running it in the first session and then Raikkonen will back-to-back it in the second."

  65. 16:34: 

    1) Alonso 2) Hamilton 3) Rosberg 4) Vettel 5) Bottas 6) Ricciardo 7) Button 8) Magnussen 10) Vergne

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Perez 13) Sutil 14) Grosjean 15) Kvyat 16) Maldonado 17) Massa 18) Gutierrez 19) Bianchi 20 Chilton 21) Ericsson 22) Rossi

  66. 16:32: 

    That's all for coverage on BBC Two. As Lee said, TV coverage will return on BBC Three at 18:55 BST for the second session.

  67. 16:30: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finishes fastest in first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

  68. 16:28: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso outbrakes himself at the final chicane and sensibly takes to the run-off rather than trying to make the corner.

  69. 16:25: 

    Sauber report that Esteban Gutierrez's session is over as the control unit needs changing.

    Canadian GP

    Lotus: Oh hello big dark cloud...

  71. 16:23: 

    Big lock-up from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel in the run down to the hairpin. There's plenty of run-off on the outside of the corner, so it's no real problem.

  72. 16:20: 

    Both Mercedes cars are out on track but Ferrari's pacesetter Fernando Alonso is content to stay in the garage with 10 minutes remaining.

  73. 16:15: 

    Fernando Alonso goes quickest with a 1:17.238, a few thousandths quicker than Lewis Hamilton.

  74. 16:12: 

    Williams confirm that it's an ERS pump failure on Felipe Massa's car. The Brazilian is currently watching the session from the pit wall.

  75. 16:08: 
    Bianchi hitting wall at the Canadian GP

    "The car is pretty damaged, the rear especially," Marussia's Jules Bianchi tells pit lane reporter Lee McKenzie. "I did a mistake, trying to be on the limit. It's fine. We'll be OK for second practice."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Red Bull are nothing if not fighters. Despite Mercedes' huge advantage, and knowing they face an uphill struggle on the long straights of in Canada this weekend, team principal Christian Horner said the team were still setting their sights on trying to win the championship this season, drawing parallels with two years ago, when Sebastian Vettel overhauled Fernando Alonso's 40-point lead once Red Bull got their exhaust-blowing effect working again. 'Nobody is throwing in the towel,' Horner said. 'We've got a mountain to climb but we managed to turn 2012 around. The task is bigger than that but nobody is giving up and in Monaco we managed to put them under a bit of pressure."


    Marussia: So Jules has limped back to the garage. His car sustained track rod damage when he had that unfortunate coming-together with the wall.

  78. 16:06: 

    Felipe Massa will take no further part in the session, reports Lee McKenzie, as the Brazilian's Williams has developed a Kers issue.

  79. 16:04: 

    Fernando Alonso goes second, just one tenth off the pace of Lewis Hamilton in the Ferrari. Very impressive stuff from the Spaniard, whose Ferrari team have an engine upgrade this weekend.

  80. 16:03: 

    Lewis Hamilton responds to his team-mate's quick lap with one of his own - a 1:17.252. That's half a second quicker than Nico Rosberg.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Daniel Ricciardo finished the Monaco Grand Prix on Lewis Hamilton's tail in third place but it is fair to say Red Bull are not expecting a repeat this weekend in Montreal - at least not in terms of the ability to compete on pace with Mercedes. Ricciardo admits the lack of power from Red Bull's Renault engine compared with the Mercedes means they 'will struggle a bit more' on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where long straights and hard braking zones define the lap, along with the ever-present walls.

    "But team-mate Sebastian Vettel still expects a decent weekend. 'We're down on power and it will be hard to match Mercedes, but we've been competitive in the past here,' the world champion said. "In 2011 we were in a good position to win and we did win last year, but we know it could be a difficult weekend this time. But, saying that, you can make up a lot of time in the corners here.'"

  82. 16:02: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes third quickest, with Jenson Button fourth and Kevin Magnussen fifth. Nico Hulkenberg pops up into eighth in the Force India.

  83. 16:00: 

    Nico Rosberg goes fastest with a 1:17.922, just over a tenth quicker than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

  84. 15:56: 
    Canadian GP

    Jules Bianchi hits the wall with the right rear and then right front of his Marussia on the exit of Turn Four. The Frenchman keeps the car going but backs right off the pace in an attempt to recover back to the pits. There's a huge vibration at the rear of the car. "It might be a trackrod failure," says his race engineer on team radio.

  85. 15:53: 

    Kevin Magnussen improves to the third fastest time, half a second off the pace. The Dane, who finished an impressive second on his debut in Australia has failed to hit the same glorious heights since.

    This weekend, though, the team's Mercedes power should stand them in good stead for a better result.

  86. 15:50: 

    Someone has gone off track at Turn 10. You won't be surprised to hear it's Pastor Maldonado in the Lotus. However, it may surprise you that he hasn't stuck it in the barriers. Sorry Pastor, I jest of course.

  87. 15:47: 
    Jan Magnussen

    Kevin Magnussen pops his McLaren up into eighth, 1.3 seconds off the pace. His father Jan scored his only points finish in Canada back in 1997 for Stewart Ford. It turned out to be the Dane's final Formula 1 race.

  88. 15:43: 

    Daniil Kvyat breaks the silence, heading out on track in his Toro Rosso. McLaren's Kevin Magnussen is not too far behind.

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "The teams have got a limited amount of tyres so they want use them when the track conditions are at their best."

  90. 15:37: 

    It's still all quiet out on track in Montreal, with Lewis Hamilton leading the way from Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniel Ricciardo.

  91. 15:34: 

    Considering Alexander Rossi said he was apprehensive ahead of this session, the American has done a good job so far, currently outpacing his team-mate and regular race driver Marcus Ericsson by 1.3 seconds.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Caterham protege Alexander Rossi gets his first F1 outing of the season this weekend, the American GP2 driver standing in for Kamui Kobayashi in first practice. The American last drove an F1 car at last year's US Grand Prix, since when the cars have new engines and less downforce and have become much more complicated. Unsurprisingly, Rossi admits to being 'a little bit apprehensive because I really don't have any idea what to expect'. Rossi has been in the team's simulator, but that can never perfectly replicate the experience of a real car.

    "He said race drivers Kobayashi and Marcus Ericcson 'have been very helpful, and said these are the areas where it's very accurate and these are the areas where it's not so much'. Rossi admits Caterham's struggles this season mean he cannot afford to make any mistakes - 'solely because it hasn't gone well, the last thing the team needs is their reserve driver taking any risks; you kind of have to have a conservative hat on knowing the team is a bit on the back foot'. But he says: 'For every racing driver, the forefront of the mind is lap time so I'll obviously be comparing myself to Marcus. You want to show what you're capable of.'"

  93. 15:31: 

    We've reached the point in the session where the track falls quiet as the teams have to hand back a set of tyres which they could only use in the first 30 minutes of the session.

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is currently ninth fastest, 1.4 seconds off the pace. The German climbs out of his car, takes of his helmet and gloves and heads out of the back of the garage.


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  95. 15:27: 

    Lewis Hamilton improves to a 1:18.088, with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg tucking into second, one tenth off the pace. Fernando Alonso is third, with Jean-Eric Vergne fourth and Daniel Ricciardo fifth.

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    RowlesStuart: Money is on Maldonado to crash into the wall of champions at some point this weekend.

    Sean Sutton: Montreal is one of my favourite weekends on the F1 calendar. Let's hope this is another one.

    376_eddie: Of course the rivalry is good it keeps them on their toes but Lewis all the way.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "The thrill-a-minute Bahrain Grand Prix has been the undoubted highlight of a fascinating season so far, and Jenson Button believes the layout of Canada's track will produce a similar sort of race. On the corner-heavy circuits of Spain and Monaco, the better chassis of Red Bull and Ferrari were able to outweigh some of the power advantage of teams with less effective cars but the more powerful Mercedes engine - i.e. McLaren, Williams and Force India. And Button expects more of the same this weekend. 'I think all of us will be closer to Red Bull and Ferrari, like we were in Bahrain, which makes it fun,' Button said. 'You'll have the two Mercedes team-mates in front and then from third to 12th or 14th it should be pretty close. Hopefully we'll be in the mix.'"

  98. 15:23: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes quickest with a 1:18.997, half a second quicker than anyone else. The Briton then overcooks it into Turn One and is forced to back out of it and cut across the corner before rejoining.

  99. 15:22: 

    Felipe Massa goes quickest in the Williams, two tenths quicker than Kevin Magnussen. Jenson Button pops into third, with Nico Rosberg fourth.

  100. 15:20: 

    Nico Hulkenberg puts a wheel on the grass down at the chicane and that spins the Force India round. The German keeps it well clear of the barriers and he soon rejoins the track.

  101. 15:19: 

    Kevin Magnussen is currently setting the pace, the McLaren driver clocking a 1:19.820, one second clear of Romain Grosjean in the Lotus. Sergio Perez is third, Pastor Maldonado fourth and Max Chilton fifth.

  102. 15:17: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton has a great record in Canada, winning three times in six attempts including his maiden victory in Formula 1 in 2007.

    Why does the Brit do so well around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? "The circuit here seems to suit my style," he says. "I just seem to gel with the track. There's a lot of heavy braking, which has generally been a real strength of mine, and I hope I can have another good weekend this year."

  103. 15:15: 

    Allan McNish reports that Mercedes had to take Lewis Hamilton's seat out of the car to get to the radio to sort an issue. They expect him to be back out on track in five to 10 minutes.

  104. 15:12: 

    Both Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have both completed installation laps and are now back in the Mercedes garage. Lots of work going on in the seat area of Hamilton's car, reports Allan McNish. Hamilton is sat at the back of the garage with his helmet on.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "The build-up to this race has been all about Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and the intensifying title battle between the two Mercedes team-mates. Both men have been asked about little else since arriving in Montreal, and both have been up front about it. Yes, they say, there are going to be difficult moments, but no they don't see any reason why their relationship will have to change.

    "Ultimately, whatever the long-term ramifications of what happened in Monaco qualifying, this battle will come down to who does what out on the track. And Rosberg knows he starts this weekend on the back foot, for Hamilton has always been stupendous around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he has never been out-qualified by a team-mate.

    "Rosberg said the secret of a quick lap time in Montreal was 'brakes and that's something I'm still working on and which I haven't fully cracked. I'm not 100% there with the car in that respect and it's a tricky area because if you want changes, it can take five months.' But he added: 'I have confidence that if I get on top of everything at a race weekend I can be competitive everywhere. That's obviously the aim.'"

  106. 15:09: 
    Valtteri Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas, who retired from a grand prix for the first time this season last time out in Monaco, has headed out on track for an installation lap. The Finn had a great qualifying in Montreal last year, ending up third on the grid in a rain-hit session.

  107. 15:06: 
    Kimi Raikkonen

    Talking of Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 world champion said in the build-up to this race weekend that Ferrari will not be able to improve their performance enough to challenge for the World Championship title this year.

    "It hasn't been the best year so far but I'm sure we can turn it around and get where we want, not this year but in the future," said Raikkonen, whose best results in 2014 are two seventh places in Australia and Spain.

    It is the first official admission that Ferrari are unlikely to catch Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton.

  108. 15:03: 

    Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari gets out of shape at the second chicane, but the Finn collects it and continues on his way. The Finn's rear wing is daubed with fluorescent yellow flo-viz paint so the team can collect aerodynamic data.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "It's one of Formula 1's great venues. In one of the world's great cities, nestling on a verdant man-made island in the middle of one of the world's great rivers, the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve consistently produces one of the best races of any season. Long straights are punctuated by tricky, quick chicanes; walls line the track waiting to punish any mistake - and they always come. 'It's a track with a high pleasure factor; it's really cool driving here,' says Force India's Nico Hulkenberg. 'The kerbs are great, going close to the wall on the exit is great. It's one of the those tracks that puts a big smile on your face.' Montreal is a unique adrenalin rush for driver and spectator alike."

  110. 15:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The sun is starting to breakthrough in Montreal as the first session gets under way. Williams' Felipe Massa is the first man out on track.

  111. 14:57: 

    We're live on BBC Two with Lee McKenzie and Allan McNish. Ben Edwards and Tony Dodgins are your commentary team.

  112. 14:55: 

    So we can reveal that Formula 1 is poised to reduce the number of practice sessions at grands prix next year. The sport's bosses are planning to run one session on Fridays rather than the current two, and hold it late in the afternoon.

    The idea is primarily that of F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone, who believes a later practice session would enable more people to attend as they could go after work. It is being presented as a cost-cutting move as part of a wider programme to help struggling teams.

    We'll have the full story on the website shortly.

  113. 14:52: 

    As usual, we'll have two practice sessions today, each lasting 90 minutes - although it seems that might not be the case for much longer (more on that shortly). The first session starts in eight minutes with the second session following at 19:00 BST. Both will be live on BBC Two and online.

  114. 14:49: 
    GET INVOLVED- #bbcf1

    So can rivals ever be friends? Will Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg be able to maintain the friendship they've had since they were kids? That's what BBC Radio 5 live discussed yesterday - listen again here via their podcast - and BBC TV will be discussing today when first practice gets under way.

    Tweet us your thoughts using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text 81111 (UK only). Thanking you in advance.

  115. 14:46: 

    Handily, we've got Lewis Hamilton as a BBC Sport columnist, so in his latest piece the 2008 world champion discusses the rivalry with his team-mate Nico Rosberg, which gets more intense by each passing race as they fight for the Formula 1 world title.

    "I've got to say that the whole rivalry thing with Nico has been overblown," he said. "I tweeted last week to say that we're friends and that's the way it is, and the way it always has been."

    Read more from Lewis Hamilton by visiting the Formula 1 pages.

  116. 14:43: 
    Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

    Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. We'll have cars on track at 15:00 BST with live TV pictures and radio sounds alongside this live text commentary.

  117. 14:40: 
    Nico Rosberg & Lewis Hamilton

    "We can be friends." That's the message coming out from the Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg camp. The Mercedes team-mates fell out at the last race in Monaco, as Hamilton suspected Rosberg of gamesmanship. Since then, the old friends insist things are "better". Let's see whether that remains the case when they do battle on the track this weekend.

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